Getting your kids involved in gardening from a young age
Involving young children in constructive activities can be challenging for parents. Also some parents struggle to find ways to encourage their kids to eat a healthy and balanced diet, gardening can be an important tool
Gardening doesn’t require a perfectly level, large or sunny backyard. Try planting in a small raised bed or growing a few edibles in existing landscaping. If you don’t have a lot of outdoor space, a few containers and soil in a sunny spot can be an easy way to grow herbs or some sweet cherry tomatoes that kids won’t be able to resist.
The much bigger reward is how planting a garden can affect not only your child’s body but also their brain and soul.
Research studies have showed that children who participated in gardening projects scored higher in science achievement than those who did not. It ignites curiosity spark in kids to ask questions like: Why do plants need sun? How do plants drink water? Soon you will be talking about soil types, photosynthesis and more! Add a little math while gardening by measuring how much plants are growing from week to week or counting the flowers on each plant. Supplement the experience of gardening with books about plants, trips to a botanical garden, or a photo journal of the plants that you are growing.
In this digital age, kids need time for meaningful family connection. Time in the garden allows for team building and promotes communication skills. Planning a garden, planting the seeds and watching them grow give kids a sense of purpose and responsibility. It fosters mindfulness. The concepts learned while gardening, can show kids a deep respect and responsibility for taking care of our planet & developing gratitude.