What can be more exciting for a curious child than seeing first-hand how seeds and seedlings are transformed into strapping plants, thanks to the magic of earth, sun and watering.
Gardening with your child is a great activity for your little one and also a lovely way to bond whilst improving their learning skills. You’ll be able to teach them about nature, how to grow and eat their own fruits and veggies, plus give them the opportunity to be outdoors and grow their confidence.
In this article, we look at the reasons you should do more gardening with your child this Spring/Summer (and beyond!).
Quality time with family
Parents and children often lead busy lives. Between work, school and extracurricular activities there may not be much time left to just be together as a family.
Gardening is one way of bonding whilst you tick one of the tasks off of your to-do list! You can make it fun by planning activities together like planting seeds, weeding the plants, or harvesting the fruits and vegetables.
Calming for all
Modern-day life can be stressful. Children may not yet know how to handle this emotion when or if it arises. Gardening can help calm minds and trigger positive emotions in your child, helping them to deal with stress and anxiety that may present itself throughout their lives.
Encourages healthy eating
There’s lots of news out there about what we should and shouldn’t eat – it’s hard to keep up! However, one thing that has remained steadily available is junk food. It’s quick and easy and is usually enjoyed by children but lacks the nutrients required to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Getting your child involved in growing their own food means they get to enjoy the process and as they become emotionally invested in it, they also get the required vitamins, minerals, and fibre to nourish their healthy bodies. Your children will be filled with a sense of pride when they can can say “I grew that”. A trip to the supermarket for a plastic punnet of fruit doesn’t hold quite such allure – and it’s important children grow up knowing where their food comes from.
Child obesity has become a problem in today’s society, which could be attributed to lack of exercise and a lack of nutrients in their bodies. Gardening is a great way to get moving with your child and get some light exercise in for you both. Not only will it keep you active as you move around the garden, it will increase your vitamin d levels too as you get some sun exposure.
Teaches them skills for life
Setting goals for your gardening and achieving them will give your child a boost of confidence that they can do anything in life they set their minds to. Gardening can teach them to be patient and responsible, skills they will certainly need as they grow older.
If you don’t have a garden, no problem! You don’t need acres of garden or an allotment to grow your own. Many of the easiest fruit and veg can be grown in a pot or grow bag on a balcony or sunny window sill. Digging and watering alongside your children, outside in the fresh air and sunshine is a definite bonus in itself.