Why Grow Herbs with Children?

Reasons to grow herbs with children. Growing herbs with children is great fun. Herbs arouse children's curiosity and interest as they stimulate the senses. Handy Herbs Kit For Kids.
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There are so many reasons to grow herbs with children!

Growing herbs with children is great fun and a lovely way to spend quality together. Herbs arouse children’s curiosity and interest as they stimulate the senses.Reasons to grow herbs with children. Growing herbs with children is great fun. Herbs arouse children's curiosity and interest as they stimulate the senses.

I believe one successful way to encourage children to eat healthily is to make them part of the process to grow healthy food. When a child watches a plant grow and change it gives them a reason to be excited about using it in a recipe to make food they can share with their family and be proud of.

A great place to start off gardening with your children is with herbs as nothing makes gardening more fun than when you get to eat the end result! It can also develop their independence and helps them to learn where food comes from. It may even develop an understanding of cause and effect.

Herbs are generally very easy to grow from seed and are fairly low maintenance so the children will not be disappointed with their plants dying with only a minimal amount of care. Also, the more you snip them the more they grow! Perfect for children. Caring for their herbs will help develop their fine motor skills. Patience and concentration will also be encouraged.Reasons to grow herbs with children. Growing herbs with children is great fun. Herbs arouse children's curiosity and interest as they stimulate the senses.

Young children have often not heard of the herbs that they eat in many meals. By starting a child’s herb garden you can teach the names of the different herbs and how they are used in cooking.

Growing herbs in pots teaches children a lot about plants and the life cycle of plants. It is a wonderful way to learn about nature and perhaps more importantly giving your child the chance to be involved in a life long hobby. Learning to care for something is also a valuable experience.

What better way to give your child a strong sense of accomplishment?                                                             

Try Growing Chives:Reasons to grow herbs with children. Growing herbs with children is great fun. Herbs arouse children's curiosity and interest as they stimulate the senses. Handy Herbs Mini Kit For Kids.

Chives are the perfect herb for children to grow.

Choosing a herb like chives is so easy it is difficult to go wrong!

Also, it can be done all year round just on the windowsill.

Simply sow the seeds and water regularly.

Other easy growing herbs:

You can then move on to other herbs such as basil, parsley or rocket.

Your child will love seeing the first shoots appearing. They can measure their growth or record it in other ways such as taking photos, drawing etc

Naming the herbs makes it extra fun for children.

There is also a useful list of easy to grow herbs by the BBC.

Their own pot

Reasons to grow herbs with children. Growing herbs with children is great fun. Herbs arouse children's curiosity and interest as they stimulate the senses. Handy Herbs Kit For Kids.Allow your child to have their own pot. This could be a pot in the garden or a windowsill pot. Just ensure that it is in a sunny spot.

Make sure you put your children in charge of their pot to grow herbs. This enables them to take responsibility for watering and caring for the plants.  They will become much more involved if they see it as their own and be so thrilled when the shoots start to appear.

Find other ideas here at How does your garden grow?

Eating

A great way to inspire your child is to grow herbs that they can then eat on their favourite food.Reasons to grow herbs with children. Growing herbs with children is great fun. Herbs arouse children's curiosity and interest as they stimulate the senses.

Herbs are so versatile. They are perfect for adding to child favourites such as pasta, home made pizza or on cheese on toast. They can be used raw or added at the end of the cooking.

Using herbs in Child Friendly recipes introduces the children to the smells and tastes of herbs and the fact that they have grown the herb makes it more likely they will eat the food.

Fresh herbs taste better and last longer. Herbs are full of vitamins and antioxidants so are extremely healthy for your children.

Get them cooking!

  • Cooking is a skill that children can use for the rest of their lives.
  • It often helps fussy eaters to try different types of food.
  • Cooking together lends itself to spending time talking with your child.
  • It helps build self-confidence as they feel like they are accomplishing something.
  • Using fun and simple recipes sets them up for success.
  • Children like using herbs to make the dish look pretty.
  • It encourages them to try healthy foods.
  • It helps develop a wide range of skills including those linked to maths, fine motor skills and language development.

This post at Early Childhood News has some interesting points to make.

Why not share the joy of growing things/cooking with your children?

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52 thoughts on “Why Grow Herbs with Children?

  1. This is such a lovely idea. We did manage to get some tomatoes on plants this year but I love the idea of giving them the responsibility of their ‘own’ pot. Chives sounds like a great starting place for herbs. #KCACOLS

  2. This looks such a good idea and a really enjoyable activity to share with children … If only I wasn’t so hopeless with plants. I managed to kill a cactus. Nobody kills caucuses! #KCACOLS

  3. This is a fantastic idea Sara! My daughter loves doing this. She usually tries these things at her grandparents. They grow so many veggies and fruits like tomatoes, cucumber, potatoes, apples, etc. And I know they also have pots of herbs. It is very important to teach these things to our kids. My daughter loves seeing them grow every day. Thank you so much for linking up again this week at #KCACOLS. I can’t wait to see what will you share next week if you fancy coming back again!! 🙂 x

  4. I always say I’m going to do stuff like this but I never quite get round to it! I really must though because I do think Zach would really enjoy it! Thanks for sharing your tips and Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  5. We grow herbs at our place and the kids absolutely love it. As my husband and I were previously both chefs we have a love of fresh ingredients and this is the perfect way to introduce that to the kids. They are never too young to learn about healthy and fresh produce.#TwinklyTuesday

  6. This is a fantastic idea! We grew herbs with the kids last year & they loved it! Planting the seeds, watching them grow, watering them & seeing them get big was so exciting. But, they weren’t impressed with the eating of the herbs bit lol There was plenty of other things in the garden they enjoyed having though #TwinklyTuesday

    1. Thanks Becky. It is a fascinating process for children isn’t it? Maybe they will enjoy herbs another time 😉 Thanks for reading 🙂

  7. A great set of reasons to get kids growing! We love getting messy in the garden and growing food is such a great experience for children! Thankyou so much for linking up with #busydoinglife again! It’s lovely to see you there each week!!

  8. What a great idea. I keep saying I would love to grow some herbs with the kids. You have motivated me to start when we get back to the UK. I love cooking with fresh herbs. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

  9. Another great read for us…I promise the herb garden is coming! As soon as we get sorted, maybe I will add to our summer bucket list!

    Thanks for linking up to #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

  10. My son loves helping in the garden and he is only two. We are just about to plant some basil and coriander. Thanks for linking with #sharethjoylinky

    1. That is so amazing that he likes it at such a young age! I would love to know how you get on with the herbs and what recipes you use them in as I know your son has allergies. Thanks for reading 🙂

  11. We love herbs, but forget to use our real ones for cooking (they get nibbled on by the kids when we’re out in the garden!). I need to remember to cut our herbs and use them in meals! 🙂 x

  12. Growing herbs is a great way to encourage children to nurture something on their own that they will see the result of. We must give it a try here.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

  13. I have been meaning to grow some herbs for ages, I love getting the kids involved with cooking and if they can add something they have grown themselves it is even better! Thanks for sharing in #KidsCorner x

  14. herbs are so great for kids to grow really easy to maintain we haven’t done it for a while but Im thinking about creating a little herb garden for them must de weed the garden first! Thanks for linking up to #kidscorner x

    1. You definitely should. Herbs are so easy to grow and really only need watering which children love to do. Hope you feel encouraged to do so.

    1. Hi Laura. I am sure it would be more tricky but possible. You could grow them on the window sill or in pots by the back door. They will obviously need a lot of watering though. Please let me know if you decide to have a go and how you get on. Thanks for reading post.

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