Should You Encourage Your Kids To Garden?

Published on Aug 30, 2020
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A young boy walking through a garden carrying a basket up a field path.

Do you want something new for your kids to do? Have you considered allowing them to garden? It does not matter about the shape or size of your garden, you can still encourage your kids to work on their green thumb. Of course, they will need supervision, but there are so many benefits to gardening!

Family fun

If you love gardening, it is only a natural step to encourage your kids to join in the fun with you. Gardening can be an engaging and fun family activity and can prompt conversations as well as a connection. Even if it involves a task as simple as watering the plants together, or maintaining a little fairy garden, you will have fun doing it together.

Healthy eating

Is it hard to get your little one to eat their greens? Well, gardening can help with that. When your child is involved in the process of growing their own vegetables, they will feel a sense of accomplishment and pride. Start with asking them which one they want to plant, give them two options, and they have to pick one. Encourage them to water it when needed, and talk about what you can make once it has grown.

Kids are more likely to try something when they are involved in the process. You can also use this as a teaching moment to subtly educate them on different types of fruits and vegetables.

Responsibility

Believe it or not, gardening will help your child learn about responsibilities. From weeding to watering, your child will need to care for the plant they grow. Once they see the first signs of life, they will feel proud of their commitment.

Senses

Gardening engages with your child’s five senses, hearing, smell, touch, sight and taste. They can listen to the wildlife in the garden, smell the scents of the flowers, feel the different textures of each plant, see their plants grow and the colours of their garden, and taste their vegetables or fruits.

With a garden, your child can activate and explore their five senses in so many more ways than listed above.  When your child smells the fruit, they are growing, or the vegetables, they are more likely to imagine the taste of each. Imagining the taste of the food means your child is more likely to try these new vegetables or fruits.   

What do you think?

Will you be encouraging your child to garden? It doesn’t matter if you have a big or small garden or no garden at all. You can find creative ways to grow plants; all you need is some soil, seeds and a bit of patience.

Create a plant pot from an old tub, or jar, and see what your child can grow on their windowsill or allow them to have a space in the garden. They can decide on what to grow, how they will care for their garden and will learn patience. Nurture your child’s green thumb today, and you will see the benefits.

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