Gardening for Children – nurture your child with nature
Gardening is a wonderful activity to ripen children’s physical development and deepen their curiosity of nature. Growing and tending to plants and flowers or even just examining leaves and soil helps your little one start to understand about life cycles and where food comes from.
Assigning your child their own little vegetable patch will give them something to care for and nurture. Imagine the excitement cooking with vegetables fresh from the garden! Gardening is wonderful fun for all the family.
Here are some top tips to get you started!
- Get your children to make plant labels to mark where and what seeds have been planted.
- Go on a ‘nature hunt’, looking for creepy-crawlies and make a ‘bug hotel’ to keep them comfortable.
- Encourage them to handle them gently and with care.
- Teach your child about how bugs are good for the soil and plants.
- Create a compost heap and explain to your child what you can and can’t put in there.
Keep your child’s mind active and engaged by asking them lots of questions about your budding crop. Get creative and discuss recipes that you could make with each vegetable, put your acting skills to the test and perform a farm themed play or have fun drawing the vegetables or taking pictures.
You may also wish to tell your children about some classic tales such as ‘Jack and The Beanstalk’ and imagine you are planting your own magic beans.
Once your crop is ready to pick celebrate with an outdoor picnic and enjoy feasting on your home-grown vegetables.
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