Encourage your kid’s self-expression and natural curiosity. And what better way to do all of these things than gardening? Whether you are simply planting seeds in a flower pot, tending to a large outdoor garden or something in between like caring for a gardening with kids has many benefits.
Gardening engages all of the senses of kids.
- Squish your hands in the dirt. How does it feel?
- Let’s add some water. What does it look like now?
- How does that flower smell?
- We grew a vegetable, let’s eat it. So how it tastes?
- Hear that crunch when we bite into it?
With all such activities, it’s easy to incorporate sensory play into a gardening activity!
Gardening encourages healthy eating.
If your kid is a picky eater, try growing one from a seed. Your child will be so proud and happy to taste own grown a food.
Gardening enhances fine motor development.
Picking up tiny seeds, pulling weeds, and gently caring seedlings and plants, gardening encourages the development of fine motor skills in every way.
Gardening introduces kids to scientific concepts.
What makes the leaves green? What do plants need to thrive? How much water does the plant need? Explore science together while gardening.
Gardening promotes family bonding.
Looking for a great family activity? Gardening is your answer!
More hands make lighter work and although gardening can definitely be a lot of work, doing it together as a family makes it fun.
Gardening teaches responsibility.
Plants require a lot of care. Forgetting to water them could lead to the sad death of your plants.
Not paying attention to whether your plant thrives in direct light or indirect light can also affect the health of your plant.
Learning how to care for the plants properly is a great lesson in responsibility for kids.
Gardening helps learn to plan and organize.
Some plants grow better at certain times of the year.
Gardening is an opportunity to chat with your kids about how to best help your garden grow through planning and organization.
Once planted, deciding who will care for the plants each day and when can be another opportunity to plan together.
Gardening creates environmental awareness.
Once children see how much time and effort goes into gardening, they will likely become more empathetic towards those who help put food on our tables every day.
Use this time to talk about the importance of local farmers and taking care of our planet by recycling and not littering.
Gardening develops math skills.
How many seeds can you plant in each row? How many seedlings can fit in each garden box? How much water does each potted planter need? Math is a big part of gardening!
Gardening teaching patience.
Growing from seed to producing plant can take weeks! There’s no better teacher of patience than gardening. But we promise, it’s always worth the wait!
Other gardening benefits include.
- Responsibility – from caring for plants
- Understanding – as they learn about cause and effect (for example, plants die without water, weeds compete with plants)
- Self-confidence – from achieving their goals and enjoying the food they have grown
- Love of nature – a chance to learn about the outdoor environment in a safe and pleasant place
- Reasoning and discovery – learning about the science of plants, animals, weather, the environment, nutrition and simple construction
- Physical activity – doing something fun and productive
- Cooperation – including shared play activity and teamwork
- Creativity – finding new and exciting ways to grow food
- Nutrition – learning about where fresh food comes from.