In most areas of the country, school is out and we have extra time with our children. One great way to help keep your children active and help them learn is to allow them to help you in gardening. There are many great things your children can learn from gardening with the family, and many other benefits as well.
- Bonding with the family: often, summer is filled with rushing the children from one activity to the next. How about taking a break from running around and spend time together in the garden instead. Your family will bond over spending hours working together as a team in the garden, working towards the common goal of successful gardening without any competition. To make it easier for young children, consider planting a raised garden bed.
- Help them connect to nature: children are often disconnected from their natural world. When a family gardens together, you become part of nature as watch the bees buzz by, birds fluttered to and fro, in the long butterfly happening by. As children see these natural wonders, it gives them a chance to ask questions as they reconnect with the natural world around them. It also gives you the chance to explain to them the peace and beauty found all throughout nature.
- It’s educational: as you work with your children in the garden, you will find many opportunities for education, even with the youngest of gardeners. They will learn how to identify different seeds for different vegetables, fruits, and flowers. They will learn how important it is to keep those seeds watered and to pull the weeds out of the garden to help the plants thrive. Another important thing they will learn is how plants grow. They have the opportunity to plant the seed, wait patiently for it to sprout, then watch that sprout turn into a piece of produce they can consume or sprout into a beautiful flower.
The above list are merely a few reasons why you should garden with your children. There are obviously many other reason, a couple of which we will cover in the next post.