Gardening is the perfect outdoor activity for children. There is nothing more exciting than digging in the dirt, burying some seeds and anxiously awaiting the first sprouts of spring.
Whether you choose to bring children to a local greenhouse to pick out their own flowers or watch them happily munch homegrown tomatoes and cucumber, gardening is a bonding and educational adventure that can foster an early love of nature and science.
1. Be Age Appropriate
It’s never too early to have children help in the garden. Young children from 2 to 4 can dig holes and drop in seeds. They also love watering plants with a pint-sized watering can. As they get a little older, allow them to pick out their own plants. Once a child reaches 8, feel free to give them their own section of garden. Allow them to mix veggies and flowers and encourage them to keep a log of how quickly things grow and what animals and bugs they see.
2. Grow Your Own Salad
Even children who normally wouldn’t touch a green pepper are much more likely to eat and enjoy veggies they grow themselves. Try an easy tomato plant on the porch.
3. Get Carnivorous
Did you know you can buy carnivorous plants? Little boys who don’t want to spend time picking out tulips will go wild for a Venus Flytrap. They are native to bogs and swamplands, so won’t thrive in an outdoor garden, but they grow very well indoors.
4. Garden Year Round
Grow an herb garden indoors during the winter. This not only gives you fresh delicious ingredients, it’s sure to pique a child’s interest in cooking.
5. Keep it Kid Sized
Pick up a little kid appropriate gardening set. Having their own fitted gloves, watering can, spade and trowel will make them feel special and make the job a lot easier.
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