Gardening is a great way to teach young children ways to connect with nature, learn about the environment, and develop a life skill. Gardening with children can be rewarding for both parents and kids. Here are some tips for getting started:
- Start with simple plants
Start with plants that are easy to grow and maintain like herbs, tomatoes, sunflowers, and marigolds. These plants can also provide a sensory experience for children to touch and smell different plants.
- Involve children in the planning process
This can help get your child excited about gardening. Let them help choose the plants to grow, where to plant them, and how to decorate the garden. This allows a child to take ownership of the garden and have pride in their efforts.
- Provide child-sized tools
Children love tools so it is important they have tools they can use like a child-sized shovel, hoe, and rake. This will make it easier to handle the tools and feel involved in the process.
- Make it a sensory experience
Gardening provides ample opportunities for a child to explore their senses. Encourage them to smell different herbs, touch the soil, and taste the fruits and vegetables they have grown. This will help them develop sensory skills and appreciate nature.
- Keep it fun
Make gardening fun by playing games like “find the worm” or “spot the ladybug”. This will keep children engaged and interested in the activity.
- Teach children about the environment
Gardening can help teach a child about the environment and the importance of taking care of our plant. Take the opportunity to talk about composting, recycling, and the benefits of organic gardening.
- Don’t worry about perfection
Don’t worry about weeds or imperfect plants. Gardening is about the experience and creating memories together. Focus on the fun and joy of gardening together.
With these tips hopefully you will be off to a great start with your garden, learning about the earth and environment, developing life skills, and creating lasting memories.
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