Gardening is one of those activities that soon grow into a hobby. It keeps you busy, it makes you sensitive towards environment, it makes you appreciate nature and more than anything else, it cheers you up. Due to time and space constraints, you may not indulge into gardening but believe us it helps your kids too. How? We’d tell you.
With a bit of your participation, your pre-schooler can learn many things from helping in a garden. They learn to be responsible and patient while caring for a tiny seed as it grows into a plant. They discover self-satisfaction in raising something beautiful. The simple act of digging and planting also helps physical development, strengthening both gross and fine motor skills.
Beyond what your child will naturally learn from being outdoors, there are ways to make the gardening experience more educational for him. Help him to make a chart of his plants and teach him to predict how the flowers will change each week or month. Then, work on basic math concepts by measuring the plants together every Saturday. Talk to him about the principle of cause and effect as he waters the seeds and they later sprout. As the summer wears on, the cycle of life unfolds magically in front of him, from sowing seeds to growing plants to harvesting flowers and veggies.
But be assured to assign him a duty. Put him in charge of certain tasks, like watering the plants. Plant a “pizza garden” of tomatoes, peppers, and basil or a “rainbow garden” with flowers of each colour in the spectrum. You can go all out with your creative theme gardens. Most importantly, gardening is a great way to bond together in the great outdoors.