Being outdoors is ideal for children. The fact kids love the great outdoors, the fresh air works marvels for them, and outdoor activities keep them active. Gardening provides several interesting and fun opportunities for kids, and teaches them priceless lessons. They can learn about the diverse species of plants and what those plants need to assist them cultivate. They also get to learn about the diverse seasons, weather and the affects they have on the plants.
It also provides an opportunity to learn about different shapes and colors, and carious animals and insects they might come across. Now the warmer weather has arrived, and there is nothing better than to spend your time than enjoying some gardening.
Here are just a few advantages of gardening with kids:
- Sensory Development
Gardening connects all kinds of senses and assists children to develop and recognize them without even realizing. They can feel the texture of seeds, soil, petals, and flower. They get to smell all the astounding flower scents and see all the colorful petals.
It also assist develop hand-eye synchronization and builds physical strength. Gardening is quite physical and necessitates the body to work hard carrying, digging, sieving, lifting, watering etc. As children garden, they develop significant motor skills that will help them enhance their academic skills such as typing, cutting and writing.
- Encourages Healthy Eating
It is a well-known fact that if you engage children in cultivating their own vegetables, they gain a keen interest in eating them as well. It can at times be a real effort to get children to eat healthy foods and enjoy them. Cultivating vegetables not only teaches them the hard work that it takes to grow them, but they get a sense of attainment knowing they are eating food they have grown themselves.
It is not just the procedure of growing them, but learning about all the diverse fruits and vegetables they can grow, when is best to grow definite ones, and the process when it is time to harvest.
It is good to teach children about the preparation of food as well, from harvest to cooking. There are so many precious lessons they can know which all assist towards encouraging healthier lifestyles moving through their lives.
- Teaches Patience and Responsibility
Cultivating any kind of plant or vegetable from the seedling or bulb stage necessitates daily attention and care. Kids will quickly learn they get out what they put in. If the plants are not watered and taken care of regularly, they would not flourish. Gardening is a great way to teach responsibility, but, it is no quick process. Children will need to learn to be tolerant when waiting for their flowers and vegetables to grow.
Benedict T. Palen, Jr., has thirty years of knowledge working in management, operations, and agricultural investments. Right now, Benedict T. Palen, Jr., serves as co-proprietor and manager for Great Plains Farms, LLC, administering all from the appraisal of farmland to offering proposal on operator training and irrigation development.