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!
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.
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 plants
- 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!