Keeping your children occupied can be tasking, especially during a pandemic. Activities become boring, and they’re always on the lookout for more fun activities. But have you tried gardening with your children? Believe it or not, you can include your children in your gardening escapades. Gardening not only enhances your home’s aesthetic, but you can also turn it into a fun family activity. You can teach your children gardening skills while keeping them occupied for a few hours. In fact, research shows that gardening contributes favorably to a child’s development.
Do you want to learn more? Read on to discover how gardening with children is beneficial.
Gardening offers skills to help your child’s development
Your children are still developing, which means they need as much physical activity as they can get. Gardening involves a lot of physical activity that facilitates the child’s development. For example, children improve their body management skills and object control skills by carrying tools, soil, and water around the garden.
The weight of these tools will strengthen their muscles and equip them with coordination skills as well. You can fill up small containers with soil and water and ask them to carry them to the garden. Your children will enjoy creating a mess and learning how to plants and take care of the seeds.
Kids can get sensory stimulation from gardening.
Does this seem far-fetched to you? Well, it’s true. Children can experience sensory stimulation from smelling and feeling the texture of the soil, seeds, or plants. Interacting with the gardening materials enhances all five senses.
Children experience a visual explosion of colors, tones, and shades, resulting in sight improvement. You can help them identify the different colors and explain why they are necessary for the growth of healthy plants.
Additionally, you can turn the children into little foodies by including them in the gardening process. Here’s a secret; children enjoy the fruits of their labor and are more likely to try out food from the garden. To employ your child’s sense of taste, you only need to remind them of their hard work in the garden.
Gardening is also a learning experience for children
You can turn the gardening session into a learning session to enhance your child’s literacy skills. Guide your child to differentiate between roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and seeds to further their knowledge. You can also walk your willing helper through the stages of growth for a different plant.
By learning all about different plants, children can develop skills, such as analyzing information and predicting outcomes. Not only will they understand, but they’ll also develop a new appreciation for gardening. Children can even apply these skills in other areas of their lives.
More bonding opportunities
No matter how many hours you spend with your child, you can never get enough of their hugs and kisses. Gardening offers an opportunity for you to spend more time with your child and create memories. Have fun with your children as they take care of the plants through the different stages of growth. You can even document the process through pictures and videos.
Take advantage of your home garden to create lasting memories with your children. Gardening also allows you to educate your children and facilitate their development. Don’t forget to ask them to change into clothes they’re willing to lose, and you’ll be good to go. Happy gardening!