Children and Gardening

Posted on July 12, 2021 by Andrea Forsberg

Gardening with children

Gardening is a great activity to do with anyone of any age, and especially with your children. There are so many beneficial aspects of gardening that a child can learn, from healthy living to sustainability, and building lifelong skills as you grow food.

Benefits of Gardening with Your Child

Gardening can teach all of us new skills. By engaging all of our different senses, gardening makes an amazing activity to learn from, especially when you are young. Here are just a few of the benefits of getting children into gardening:

  • Learning Responsibility/Patience in a Fun Way

Gardening helps teach kids to be reliable and responsible when it comes to taking care of things. In order for your plants to thrive, you need to water them every day, weed them, and take care of them. This teaches kids how to take care of something in a more fun, hands-on way. They also learn patience as they have to wait slowly for their plants to grow through their work.

  • Learn About Healthy Food and Living

Another great aspect of teaching your child how to garden is that they will learn about healthy, whole foods. Teaching your children what healthy, natural foods are and growing them together encourages them to eat them, as well as gets them excited about learning the process.

  • Builds Self-Confidence

There is nothing as rewarding as the literal fruits of your labor. Growing fruits and vegetables that your child is able to eventually eat is extremely rewarding to them and helps build their confidence. It also shows them how they can achieve their goals if they are persistent and patient.

  • Encourages Physical Activity

Gardening encourages kids to get outside and be active, even if it is just for a short period of time. Going outside and walking through your garden, pulling weeds, or raking soil, all are ways to get moving while also helping your garden thrive.

  • Promotes Curiosity and Builds Initiative to Learn

Another great piece of gardening that is helpful for children is that it promotes their curiosity. Learning about different plants, fruits, and vegetables as well as the animals you see along the way, gets your children interested about learning more about the world.

Letting Your Child Choose Plants to Grow

Another fun piece of gardening that will mean so much to a child, is picking out some of the different plants that you will grow together. There are so many different things that you can do with your garden that will get your child’s attention sparked and invested.

One idea we love for a garden with your child is a “pizza garden.” Growing veggies and herbs like oregano, basil, and tomatoes, that you and your kids can put on homemade pizza is such a fun way to learn about the food you can grow and enjoy eating together.

Another fun idea is making a “snack garden.” Growing fruits and veggies that your child can snack on will get them excited about eating healthy and growing their own natural food.

Starting Your Own Garden at Home

Ultimately, starting a garden with your child is beneficial in more ways than one and will help them build skills that they can use for the rest of their lives.

Here at Flower Works, we love gardening and want to emphasize its amazing beneficial qualities for the entire family. Whether you’re looking for plants for your garden or tips to get started, Flower Works has got you covered. Visit us today or contact us here for more information on how you can start gardening with your children ASAP.

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