Gardening and cooking with children are both excellent ways to spend time and emotionally connect with your family. As a mother of two, I have found these activities to be one of the best ways to spend time with my kids. My kids picked up a love for all things natural while attending a holistic boarding school in New England. Their interest remained strong during the summers they spent at home.
In response to children’s interest, we set up a small veggie garden in the backyard, which helped teach them about the values of self-reliance, sustainability, and also how to cook and utilize locally grown food. It has been such a positive experience that I would encourage everyone to do the same with their own children. Whether you decide to grow a potted tomato plant, or an entire garden of food, you’ll find the experience worth the effort!
Top 5 Benefits of Gardening And Cooking With Children:
1) It’s Educational
Cooking and gardening are great learning experiences for your kids. Essential organizing, measuring and counting skills are all incorporated into these family friendly activities. Growing your own food will allow your kids to learn about what grows in different seasons and how to plan accordingly. In addition, combining gardening and cooking is a superb way to educate your kids on where food comes from and what great value it has to society.
2) It’s Therapeutic
Studies show that both gardening and cooking can have therapeutic effects on children and adults alike. The concentration these activities require can calm and help relax kids during a difficult or stressful time in their lives. Children are also likely to feel very proud of their hard work and accomplishments in the garden, which can help build up their self-confidence and self- esteem.
3) It’s Social
These family based activities will make it easier for you to spend quality time with your kids. Instead of just watching TV or going to the mall, gardening and cooking allow for high levels of interaction and they stimulate conversation. Both gardening and cooking with children can provide a great deal of impetus for family bonding and will likely lead to memories that both yourself and your children will cherish forever.
4) It Teaches Life Skills
Your kids will be gaining invaluable life skills through gardening and cooking. Teaching them so early in life the value of both growing and making your own food will help them learn about responsibility and commitment. Equipping your kids with such essential life skills will help them out in both the short and the long term.
5) It’s Fun!
Yes, gardening and cooking with your kids can be a lot of fun! These are extremely fun activities that the whole family can enjoy. In this technological age they are great ways to introduce kids to the simple yet fun pleasures in life. Gardening and cooking with your little ones is a fantastic way to connect not only with your kids but also with nature itself. You won’t regret it!
Do you think you will try gardening and cooking with children? Do you already have some experience with either? I’d love to hear your thoughts or suggestions on gardening and cooking with children.
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