3 Things to Think About When Gardening With Kids
Ever wonder if kids who help their parents in the garden eat more veggies? Well, mine sure do. I can get my kids to eat things straight out of the garden that they wouldn’t touch with a nine foot pole if it came from the grocery store. Gardening with kids can be magical in that way.
Besides their willingness to eat more veggies from the garden, there are also many other benefits of gardening with kids. It helps them gain a better understanding of where food comes from, teaches them to care for something, and gets them spending more time outside.
If you are considering gardening with your kids, here are three things to think about before you get started.
The teaching opportunities are endless
Teach them about a plant’s life cycle by having them plant the seed, water it, and watch it grow. Or about pollinators by showing them how the bees travel around the garden from flower to flower to help the plants produce fruit or seeds. Show them all of the magic that happens in the garden.
Let them help and be patient.
Resist the urge to take over! The more involved they are in the process the more pride they will feel as things start to grow and produce. Consider giving them their own planting space or containers that they can care for on their own.
Don’t be afraid to let them get dirty.
One of my daughter’s favorite gardening activities is digging out potatoes when they are ready to harvest. Plant potatoes, carrots, and other root veggies and let them get dirty digging them out. It’s a great sensory activity and they will have a blast doing it. Afterwards you can spray them down with the hose for extra fun.
Gardening with kids does not have to be perfect in order to be beneficial. Start small and grow from there. And when you see them snacking on arugula straight off of the plant you will feel like you are winning at parenting. At least in that moment.