Encourage Little Green Fingers

Encourage Little Green Fingers -Outside in the garden is a wonderful place to encourage play and learning. 7 reasons to get gardening with your child.
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Outside in the garden is a wonderful place to encourage play and learning.Encourage Little Green Fingers -Outside in the garden is a wonderful place to encourage play and learning. 7 reasons to get gardening with your child.

Why not share the joy of gardening with your child? There are so many reasons to get gardening with your children:

  • It is ideal for getting some fresh air and the occasional bit of sun shine!
  • It is where children can bond with nature
  • Children love digging or just getting dirty!
  • It is believed that gardening can have a positive impact on a child’s health
  • It helps encourage healthy eating
  • It’s a hands on way to learn where food comes from
  • It can develop fine and gross motor skills

It is important for children to understand that they can grow their own food. Growing their own food can often help fussy eaters as they are more likely to open their minds to new things if they grow it themselves. Children also love to care for things. They will learn what a plant needs in order to grow well. They will be so proud if they grow something themselves – especially if they can eat it!Encourage Little Green Fingers -Outside in the garden is a wonderful place to encourage play and learning. 7 reasons to get gardening with your child. Handy Herbs Mini Kit For Kids.

Containers can be a great way to start and this also means that those who have no garden or are short of space can still reap the benefits. This could be a simple pot or a fun container such as a child’s wellington boot. Why not try involving your child in decorating their own pot? Or buy one of our fun Mini Kits which includes a plastic pot to decorate and all you need to grow your favourite herb.

Most children love planting,watering and even doing a little weeding. They are absolutely fascinated when a sun flower grows so tall or they grow something like tomatoes that they can then eat. Picking something home grown has got to be a favourite thing to do! They can also be taught that not all plants can be eaten and the importance of knowing whether a plant is edible or not. Perhaps you could get the children involved in selecting what to plant as this will help encourage their interest.Encourage Little Green Fingers -Outside in the garden is a wonderful place to encourage play and learning. 7 reasons to get gardening with your child.

Tomatoes are a great fruit to start growing with your child. They are generally easy to grow and can be used with basil to make a tomato based sauce for a topping on home made pizza or pasta or of course eaten just as they are!

Try and schedule in some time each week if possible as this will encourage the ‘gardening’ to take place.

Try these simple ideas to encourage your child to garden:

  • Make it fun!
  • Choose herbs (sensory), things they like to eat, plants that attract butterflies, colourful plants
  • Choose hardy/reliable plants
  • Start with seeds or small plantsEncourage Little Green Fingers -Outside in the garden is a wonderful place to encourage play and learning. 7 reasons to get gardening with your child. Handy Herbs Kit For Kids.
  • Give them their own container and put them in charge of caring for it
  • Encourage them to make or write their own labels
  • Add a fun few ornaments such as windmills or fairy lights or even something related to their latest fascination
  • Buy some child specific tools or even better make your own!
  • Try not to stress about them getting dirty – dress for dirt
  • Photograph /write about/ measure the changes together

Have a look for further ideas on pinterest.

Why not give it a go and share the rewards together!


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60 thoughts on “Encourage Little Green Fingers

  1. I agree, children should be outside and sowing seeds/caring for plants is a great way to get them gardening. I too don’t worry about the mess, dirty hands are a good sign. Make it fun and they will love it #KidsintheGarden

  2. Thankyou so much for sharing this with me on #busydoinglife I love this post and how passionate you are about kids getting outside and learning through nature! Such a great opportunity for us all!!

    1. It is an opportunity that I think is easily forgotten these days but so valuable for children. Thank you for hosting, Claire.

  3. We love nature and being outdoors. We are currently having a foraging Saturday. Been in the woods looking for mushrooms this morn. Now back for a nap/lunch break then elderberry and blackberry hunting this afternoon. It’s such a fun, free thing to do with kids.

    1. What a great way to spend a Saturday! Have fun using the ingredients you have enjoyed picking. Yum! Thanks for reading 🙂

  4. fab post next, I’ve been out in the garden doing quite a bit in the last few weeks, it was really over grown from when we moved in but a lot tidier now next year I am going to create a little vegetable patch and aa herd garden for me and then girls I think they’ll love it! Thanks for linking up to #kidscorner x

  5. Great tips. We have recently moved house and now finally have a garden, my toddler loves helping with the gardening and growing some herbs has been on my to-do list for a while now.
    Becky- LittleOandme

    1. Thank you! Fab that your little one likes to help with the gardening. Hope you both enjoy growing herbs if you give it a go 🙂

  6. My daughter loves growing the tomatoes with her daddy! Decorating her own pot is such a good idea. Will definitely have to try that with her. She also loves to smell the herbs – so interesting to see them excited about it. Thanks for linking & hope to see you back #famjamlinky

    1. Thank you! It’s so great when children love to grow things and get excited about nature isn’t it? Thank you for hosting! 🙂

  7. I love this idea!! We garden as much as possible in the months we can here in AZ, unfortunately it’s over 100 degrees 7 months of the year but the other months we grow a LOT and inside there are always herbs going. Our 20 month old LOVES plants and picking fresh tomatoes!!

    1. Thank you. Great that your little one already loves picking tomatoes! Gosh yes, a lot more difficult to grow things in that temperature though. Thank you for reading 🙂

  8. I thought I would comment again for #Whatevertheweather. I love all the ideas for gardening with children. My boys love their herbs and I have plans to make a little indoor herb garden for them inside over the winter. I also love all the container gardens too.
    Another great blog post, thanks for linking up! 🙂 x

    1. Thank you Jenny. I appreciate your comments. An indoor herb garden for the winter sounds fab! I would love to know how you and the boys get on. Thanks for hosting 🙂

    1. Thank you! I think containers are perfect for children. They make things more manageable and can easily be personalised for the child. I hope you and your son enjoy growing things together 🙂

  9. Great tips! Hopefully we’ll move soon so I can start a little garden patch with Emma. My parents grew loads when I was a child and I used to love it! #Whatevertheweather

  10. These are such great tips and I completely agree with all of your reasons why it’s so important to get children outside in the garden.

    I have such a weird thing about bugs and creepy crawlies. I’ve always been so afraid of them (nasty kids at school chasing me/that kind of thing) and I’m actively trying to not let this fear show to my daughter so I can encourage her to be outside. We’ve been playing in the garden A LOT so that she gets used to mud, dirt and bugs.

    My partner is a chef and he’s going to teach her how to forage when she’s older. But in the mean time I really want to grow some things with her in the garden, so I can teach her where food comes from and hopefully stop her from being a fussy eater and help her to be so self-sufficient when she’s older.

    This is such a great post. Thank you so much for linking up to #whatevertheweather I adore your blog. It’s really inspiring me to set up a little vegetable patch in the garden and to cook lots of yummy healthy homegrown foods. x

    1. Thank you so much Chloe! It is really great to get such positive feedback. I am so pleased it is inspiring you to grow things with your daughter! I really hope you both enjoy it and all the rewards that come from it. I would love to hear how you get on. Thank you for hosting 🙂

    1. Great that your sharing it with your children has given you enjoyment and that they love it ! Thanks for hosting 🙂

  11. You are so right it really is a great place to learn and teach kids about so many things. We love being outdoors and doing more sensory projects this summer. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me, I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round. #sharewithme

  12. My little one with sensory issues did really well planting her own flowers. Unfortunately, because she’s easily overwhelmed by smells, I couldn’t interest her in herbs, but petunias were a good fit. Thanks for linking with #TwinklyTuesday.

    1. Oh yes, you should! I hope he has fun and learns along the way. Would love it if you let me know how you get on! Thanks for reading 🙂

    1. It is great your kids enjoy it so much! I keep a look out for your cooking and gardening related posts 🙂

  13. I recently just succeeded in growing tomatoes with my little toddler and I must say, although there is a bit of effort involved, it was well worth it. A great bonding experience and some fantastic fresh tomatoes to cook with. My little one has also experienced the entire process from beginning to end and great learning

    1. Having seen your photo, it is very obvious how worth it it was! So impressive that your little one has experienced the whole process. Enjoy your cooking! Thanks for reading 🙂

  14. Some lovely ideas for encouraging gardening at a young age. I think we’ll try writing plant labels now I’ve seen this idea 😉

    Thanks for linking again #toddlerapprovedtuesday

    1. Thank you. Hope it has inspired you. Good luck – I’m sure you will have a fun time! 🙂

  15. Great tips. My children love to help gardening, though we have not had any luck with the tomatoes, but our carrots are looking good.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

    1. Shame about the tomatoes. Hope the carrots continue to be successful!Thanks for hosting #LetKidsBeKids

  16. We had our first garden when our oldest child was 2. We saw how much he learned from it, and have continually had a large garden every year since. Our whole family loves working in it together, and the food tastes so much better when you grow it yourself 🙂

    1. I used to be the same! I make sure they have their ‘busy’ clothes on now! Thanks for reading.

  17. Lovely tips! We currently have a postage stamp of a garden but have herbs and strawberries growing… hoping to have a bigger space in the future for green fingeredness 🙂 #sharethejoy

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