Spring is a great time of the year to involve your children in gardening. If you don’t have a green thumb yourself, you can learn together!
Here are the benefits that gardening could easily provide the children with.
In planting, children are indirectly taught the wonders of science like the plant’s life cycle and how humans involvement can break or make the environment. They can have a first hand experience on the miracle of life through a seed. This would definitely be a new and pleasurable experience for the kids.
Watching a seed grow into a tree is just as amazing as the conception to birth and growth of a child. In time, kids can learn to love their plants and value the life in them. Gardening with kids could actually help simulate how life should be treated — it should be with care. The necessities to live will be emphasized to kids with the help of gardening – water, sunlight, air, soil. Those necessities could easily be corresponded to human necessities, i.e., water, shelter, air, food. By simply weeding out, one could educate how bad influences should be avoided to be able to live life efficiently.
Studies show that gardening can reduce stress because of its calming effect. This is applicable to any age group. More so, it stimulates all the five senses. Believe it or not, gardening may be used as therapy to children who have been abused or those who are members of broken homes. It helps build one’s self-esteem.
4. Quality Time with the Family
You can forget about your stressful work life for a while and be soothed by the lovely ambiance in the garden. You can play and spend quality time with your children. You can talk while watering the plants or you can work quietly beside each other. The bottom line is, always do what you have to do, together with your kids. You might discover a lot of new things about your child while mingling with them in your garden.
Let kids become aware of their environment’s needs. And one way to jump start that environmental education may be through gardening with children. You’ll be teaching them to respect life while you have fun with them!.