Have you tried gardening with your kids? Some of the biggest benefits of gardening with kids for us is that there aren’t many vegetables that they won’t eat and they are always willing to try something new now.
Benefits of Gardening with Kids
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Watching a plant grow from the seed you planted is quite the experience. And if you can start some seeds in a clear container you can teach your kids all about root systems and sunlight, all those science things.
Students love to dig up what they have grown, and then curiosity gets their better – they want to taste it.
Children can read books and seed packages to find the vegetables that are the best for your growing zone and what type of variety fits best for your area. Then there is the reading about how to plant them: germination, planting, spacing, harvesting, etc.
Let them do some research on the plants they want to grow. There are many books and websites out there to learn from.
There are a lot of teachable math moments when gardening with kids: how deep to plant a seed, how far apart to plant seedlings, how tall plants get, and how to arrange them in a garden to provide for maximum growth.
Gardening is the perfect time to learn about measurements in your homeschool. If you want everything to grow and not be crowded, measure.
Gardening provides a fantastic introduction to the world of natural science. From planting a seed to watching seedlings grow and mature, flower formation, fruit formation, insect and plant life cycles, and the importance of sunlight and water; are all the beginnings of botany, biology, and chemistry!
One of the many benefits of gardening with kids is that they begin to appreciate the hard work it takes to grow and harvest food. They learn patience, confidence, and that it can be great to get messy! If you don’t have space for a garden, then try container gardening with kids. You’ll get the same benefits but you need less space!
Studies have shown that children who are raised on farms don’t have as many respiratory allergies, asthma, or autoimmune disorders as children who were raised in urban areas because children who live on farms are exposed to more microbes and fungi in the dirt.
Children who garden learn responsibility, patience, perseverance, and how to deal with disappointment if the garden doesn’t grow the way they expected.
Letting children get outside and get in the dirt may actually make them healthier than keeping them tidy, clean, and inside.