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More Reasons to Consider Gardening with Kids

Posted by Tracey Walker on

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.

 

 

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Benefits of Gardening with Kids

Posted by Tracey Walker on

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.