We parents really want to engage our children in healthy, character-building, strengthening, and fun activities that don’t involve TV screens, video games, tablets, or smartphones. Gardening is definitely one of the activities that will interest and excite your children. When they look up from their respective screens, the thought of growing something in their garden will force them to run outdoors and get started.
The best thing about gardening is that you can involve your kids in this activity throughout the year. From planning to decorating, planting or harvesting children will enjoy each aspect of gardening. As your kid experiences the sprouting of little roots, leaves, branches and finally, the fruit, this entire process will enrich him/her with a great deal of patience, awe, and wonder at the art of nature. However, involving them and maintaining their interests is the important part, and in this article, we will discuss how you can woo your kids with gardening.
Get them their own supplies
Naturally, having a cute pink and red watering can, a small spade, craft scissors, seed packs, tiny little trowels, bright gloves, and other gardening equipment will give them a sense of responsibility towards the garden. They will see themselves as an important part of the entire activity rather than just tagging along as you work yourself. It’s best to get them a little notebook as well to create their own gardening journal, and this will also help you analyze their level of interest.
It’s important to make gardening as much fun as it can possibly be. You can play countless games, such as the gardening scavenger hunt, or perhaps you can divide your garden space among your children, and ask them to create their own adorable little gardens, which will be rewarded upon their aesthetic, beauty, and gardening skills.
Learning about Horticulture
As you and your kids spend a day of fun working together in the garden, use this opportunity to educate them about the basics of gardening, the kinds of flowers, types of soils, earthworms, the mechanisms of soil, the process of photosynthesis, the benefits of herbs, and a great deal more. This is probably your best chance to inculcate in them a desire to nurture the beauty of nature and to utilize it to enhance their health.
Gardening with children is undoubtedly the best way to increase your kid’s interest in science by teaching them through experience and outside the restricted boundaries of a classroom. From the science of soil, to the anatomy of plants, vegetables, fruits and much more, your children will surely love this learning process and absorb it all like a sponge.
Gardening is Healthy!
Research reveals that the soil is rich with parasites, and bacteria that tend to strengthen the immune system, particularly for the kids that are in a growing age. Furthermore, gardening is an extremely healthy activity that lightens up the mood, kills away anxiety and stress, and releases happy endorphins.
So, grab that shovel and run out into your garden. Happy gardening!