In our previous post, we discussed some of the reasons why it is a wonderful idea to garden with kids. Hopefully, if you have children, you have decided to include in this family activity. If you haven’t quite made up your mind to do so yet, allow us to cover another couple reasons why gardening with your children is a great idea.
Gardening with your children allows them to learn new skills and expand on them. Children enjoy being able to choose which plants to grow and watch the process of gardening. The skills they learn through doing so can be beneficial to them later in life. They increase their attention span when they sow seeds. Research has shown that children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, and those with attention deficit disorder, or ADD, benefit from the activities associated with art. The children will learn patience as they see how their efforts can create small, yet significant, changes as the seed turns into a plant. Gardening is also a great way to reduce screen time for children. Unfortunately, during the summer lots, and children spend hours in front of the screen. What better way to get them outside and into nature and to have been help with gardening?
Also, gardening can help strengthen children’s problem-solving skills. When a child walks into the garden and sees that it is dry, they learn they must properly water the plants if they want to see them continue to grow. When growing plants that create a vine, a child may need to figure out how to build something for the vine to grow on to support the plant so that it can continue to grow properly. By simply using a tomatoes stake for tomato plants, a child learns that the extra support to help plants thrive.
As you can see, there are many benefits to having children help in the garden. Have you found ways that your children help in the garden? If so, please comment below and let us know what you do.