Contrary to popular beliefs, some activities involving children getting dirty and exploring the great outdoors are considered good for their overall health. According to research, letting them play outsidehelps regulate their emotions and behaviors, especially among their peers. It also fosters creativity, imagination, balance, hand-eye coordination, and motor skills vital for their growth and development.
But with the latest COVID-19 Delta variant threatening their safety outdoors, experts suggest the best protection for children is to wear masks regardless of vaccination statusand stay indoors if need be. Thus, parents and guardians need to expand their options to give kids much-needed sun exposure and protection. That includes limiting their social contacts and doing activities within safe zones such as home gardening.
It Instills a Sense of Responsibility
Involving children in gardening is an excellent way to teach them how to be responsible. Allowing them to take care of something that depends on its survival on their hands will help them understand the importance of life and how their actions have good or bad outcomes. Thus, contribute to having better perceptions later on.
You can assist them by preparing a schedule that children can follow to ensure they don’t slip away from their garden duties. This includes raking leaves, watering vegetable beds, moving flowering pots, and removing weeds. Bear in mind, though, that there may be others lurking around waiting to appreciate the patch that can potentially harm you, your children, and your pets. So, before you start,consider contacting pest, mosquito, or tick control companies to help safeguard your loved ones and enjoy the great outdoors.
Gardening also emphasizes the need for environmental and wildlife preservation. When children grow their fruit trees, flowers, and vegetables, they learn the importance of caring for our environment, and eventually, the planet. It also provides parents an excellent opportunity to discuss other environmental concerns and practices such as waste management, composting, and pollution.
It Stimulates All Senses
All-sensory learning is optimal for kids. This means they are more engaged and more open to learning new things if they can see, touch, feel, and smellthe things around them. Growing their foods is no exception. When children interact with and experience the earth, they can better absorb the concept of gardening and the various principles associated with it.
Moreover, this provides parents an excellent platform to introduce children to healthy eating.Consuming nutritious foods is essential for developing the brain and the body, but convincing children to consume fruits and vegetables can be challenging. However, if you allow your children to plant their own greens, it will foster feelings of accomplishment, and the effort they put through taking care of thoseBrusselssprouts, broccoli, and string beans will encourage them to consume what they ‘made.’ This will then serve to underline their daily nutrition needs.
It Acts as a Teacher
When physical classes are either limited or close to none, having a home garden can be used as a place for learning, particularly in introducing them to plants, animals, and life in general. Children are naturally inquisitive, so they will eventually ask questions when they set their foot in their planting area.
Without realizing it, they gradually develop their hypotheses and track their daily achievements, thus learning science’s fundamental phases and components. They can use this knowledge moving forward as they understand the importance of water, sunlight and discover vital chemicals to grow their patch. Indeed, gardening is a science class at an arms reach.
In addition, this activity is also an excellent opportunity to introduce children to math, from measuring the right amount of organic matter or fertilizer for the plants to flourish to assessing their development and growth. Engage children with fun math activities by letting them compare the sizes of fruits and vegetables or counting each leaf and petals they can see around them.
It Teaches the Importance of Patience
Introducing children to gardening teaches them why it pays to be patient. Most children nowadays are accustomed to getting instant gratification, which can be harmful. Experts believe it can lead to toxic behaviors such asquick-fix solution practices and impulsive decisions. However, through gardening, children develop patience while waiting for their plants to bloom. Moreover, the anticipation only adds to the thrill of seeing the life they are nourishing bloom to its full potential.
Gardening may be both enjoyable and time-consuming. You’ll need to understand when certain plants grow. The duration it takes for a single seed to mature. Not to mention which season is best for planting each kind of seedling. However, letting children participate is rewarding and valuable. It helps them reap each life lesson and its benefits later on.
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