Top 5 benefits of getting your children into gardeningMay 10, 2018 • Outdoor Ideas
Getting your children excited about gardening has many benefits.
It can encourage them to spend more time outdoors, strengthen their connection to food, help them to eat more veggies and can set them up with a healthy hobby for life. Read on to find out about some of the top benefits of getting your children into gardening.
1) Learning new things
Gardening is a great and inexpensive way to teach your little adventurers about nature and the environment. Digging in muddy soil and watching their own little plants grow can encourage children’s love of the outdoors and foster their curiosity about the surrounding world. Taking care of their tiny seeds and plants teaches little gardeners responsibility and patience and it also improves organisational skills. If you’d like to spend a wonderful day out with your family and learn more about plants and how to grow them, head to one of these beautiful spring gardens.
2) It’s fun!
Working in the earth and soil has a high mess factor that children love. With endless activities to choose from, such as making delicious mud pies, mixing your own compost, digging, looking for bugs, identifying seeds, building a wormery or planting flowers and vegetables, your children will find something to keep them entertained. All you need is a spade (you can even use a spoon) to get started with the digging! Don’t worry about getting messy, a pair of machine-washable waterproof trousers will help your little gardener stay dry and clean.
3) Wonderful hobby for their whole lives
Gardening can be a satisfying, ongoing project for the whole family. According to research, children involved with gardening perform better at school. It engages all their senses when they touch, feel and take care of plants and is great for their motor skills. Gardening is also an all year-round activity and is exciting and fun whatever the weather – there is plenty to do even during colder months. Encourage your children to build a den or a DIY greenhouse to shelter the plants – they will have lots of fun regardless of temperature outside!
4) Something for the little gourmets
No garden? Don’t worry, you don’t need one to grow your own vegetables or herbs. Herbs such as mint, chives, basil, oregano or rosemary can be grown indoors in containers (indoor temperatures are usually good enough for them), in the kitchen or in any sunny room. Simply place them in a cosy spot near the window and let your little gardener check on them every day. Start with quick-sprouting seeds (such as cress), so that impatient little ones can see the results of their hard work without too much waiting around!
5) Great way to stay healthy
Gardening is an amazing mind-body workout for your kids and it’s a fantastic way for them to burn off energy and relieve stress. Moreover, growing their own veggies and herbs helps them develop an interest in healthy eating. They will be more interested in eating a carrot or a radish they have grown themselves. According to our favourite nutritionist, Emma Elia-Shaul, vegetables should make up over half of our meal and growing your own is a delicious way to eat and stay healthy. Click here for more handy nutrition tips for children!
Have you tried your hand at gardening with your little ones? Leave us a comment below, we’d love to know your top tips. <3