It’s Spring, let’s teach kids about gardening!
Learning about gardening can be much like an interactive play ground for children. They can take in the brightly colored flowers, fruits and vegetables. Grow accustomed to natural scents and sounds of rustling shrubs, plants , birds and they can feel the produce that they helped grow.
If you have no garden the concept of gardening can still be taught with small pots on a balcony or doorstep, so have no fear – where there is a will there is a way.
In addition to learning new skills gardening also establishes cognitive development for children in many wonderful ways, read on for how:
- Self-confidence – from achieving their goals and enjoying the food they have grown. Confidence is crucial for the healthy development of any child. It might come as a surprise but gardening helps children feel more capable. Looking after a plant, from sowing until bloom and seeing their hard work pay off can substantially boost a child’s sense of competence.
- Love of nature – a chance to learn about the outdoor environment in a safe and pleasant place. Gardening can be a huge stress reliever for children as it teaches how to relax, calm down and control emotions. Spending time in nature, amongst flowers and trees has been proven to make both children and the elderly feel happier.
- Reasoning and discovery – learning about the science of plants, animals, weather, the environment, nutrition and simple construction
- Physical activity – doing something fun and productive. It’s no secret that fruits and vegetables taste better when you grow and harvested them yourself. This holds true for children too.
- Creativity– finding new and exciting ways to grow food and flowers.
6. Cooperation; including shared play activity and teamwork
7. Creativity; finding new and exciting ways to grow food and flowers.
8. Nutrition ; learning about where fresh food comes from and eating healthy. You may not even believe your eyes when you see a new love for tomatoes, spinach and even celery! By explaining the importance of gardening from an early age, healthy eating will become a day-to-day habit shaping the foundations of any young mind.
9. Patience ; Nowadays, children have an ever shorter attention span mainly because of immediate gratification that our digital age provides. A great way to teach children patience and also improve their focus is through regular garden care.
Here are some gardening activities that suit the the younger age groups.
- Watering the garden
- Picking flowers
- Planting vegetables, fruits and flowers in the correct season
- Feeding the worms and using the ‘worm tea’ from the worm farm as fertiliser
- Picking vegetables and fruits when they are ready to eat
- Preparing healthy food, such as making salads and preparing school lunches
- Craft activities using harvested seeds, plants and flowers
- Composting, recycling and mulching
- Gathering seeds and dried flowers
- Deadheading flowers
- Preparing the soil with organic fertiliser
- Replanting and re-potting.
Some parents may wonder how to give their children outdoor experiences when they don’t have a garden or have a “brown thumb” (which is the opposite of a green thumb). The answer is to just make the best of whatever situation you’re in! If your family lives in an apartment or condo without a yard, plant seeds in a few pots along your doorstep or patio. If you’re naturally inclined to kill plants, try easy-to-raise vegetables like tomatoes, zucchini, corn, lettuce or hardy flowers.
We wish you and the family many happy gardening moments and let us know how it goes, Happy Gardening!