Take a step back in time, back to when you were young. Most of us have memories of either our parent’s garden or our grandparents, and tapping into these magical moments can remind you of some of the benefits of gardening for children. There is much to be learned from gardening and many of the benefits are life lessons in addition to gardening skills.
5 Benefits of Gardening For Children
Kids gardening activities can do so much more than inspire a green thumb.
Magical Garden Memories
There’s no doubt that children find gardens a magical place. From Narnia, to Tom’s midnight garden, even Charlie and the Chocolate factory, all of these kids books classics feature landscapes of mystery and intrigue where young ones can play and discover, build and create because they are truly wonderful places to make memories and exercise our imaginations.
Primarily you must be enthusiastic, if you can make it sound exciting, your child will hop on board and wonder what all the fuss is about. Telling tales and explaining in a simple way will ensure they stay captivated until the garden has them in its influential clutches.
Learning to start small and plan ahead
Start small with easy garden plants that don’t take a long time to grow. The key is to remember that children are, by nature, impatient. So planting bulbs in the autumn to be ready for the spring would see their interest wane immediately. While it is a good project, it is not an ideal solo introduction to gardening. Cress and sprouts are ideal, at this time of the year you can sow seeds indoors on cotton wool, giving them a taste for organic gardening, and helping them to produce something which is fit to eat.
Learn The Value Of Hard Work
The vegetable patch another ideal place to start as you can reward from the beginning to the very end. Children will be ever so proud of their little selves if they can produce fit for the family to eat, and it may also encourage them to try new foods too. Quick growers include lettuce, beetroot, rocket and peas, and if the child can’t wait for the peas to pod, the shoots are delicious in any salad or garnishing any roast dinner. This project takes a few months and teaches them to keep working at their project to keep seeing the benefits of their labor.
That reminds me of this great quote-
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
-Robert Louis Stevenson
Giant varieties of flowers and vegetables are also a great idea, if children are allowed to grow something which they can almost watch growing, they will feel very excited indeed. Mammoth pumpkins and giant sunflowers are a wonderful way to start growing and they will get the message that sometimes, dreaming big is a good thing.
That reminds me of this quote-
“The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment.” -Tony Robbins
Where There Is A Will There Is A Way
Even in winter kids can grow sprouting beans such as aduki. Bought from any health food shop, all that is needed is some sprout seeds, a big jar and some moisture, and then within a few days these seedlings will be fit for the table.
Sometimes One Thing Leads To Another
It’s not all about growing in the garden though, encouraging children outdoors to perform any task that will help is an achievement, and once there they will show an interest in other aspects too. So incorporate some arts and crafts such as garden signs, building a scarecrow, a bird house, or a wildlife haven for ladybugs. Each can be decorated and painted, and will add a unique twist to your garden design.
The benefits of gardening for children may begin with inspiring a green thumb but they go far beyond. While learning to garden, children will learn valuable skills and life lessons. They will learn how to plan things, how to work at them, how to dream bigger, how to be inspired in other areas, and how to try again and improve plans with successive attempts. What are your favorite benefits of gardening for children?