“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; and above all it teaches entire trust.” – Gertrude Jekyll
A garden is a wonderful place to explore. What can be more magical than making something grow? It gives someone an overwhelming appreciation of nature as a work of art. It’s just that not everybody has been taught as kids the amazing experience of raising a garden. The thing is that, gardening is not just for grown-ups. Folks should know that it is an awesome way to spend quality time with the young ones too. A child who expresses interest in gardening should be fully encouraged. It will be a delightful sight to see your child having fun while learning under the sun.
Creating happy gardening activities with children encourage their interest in nature and help them build enthusiasm and passion for life and for the environment. Call it old-fashioned, but it is still one of the most excellent and cost-free bonding activity a family can share. Just remember never to demand or insist on your child to work in the garden. Never order them to do participate or else, it will become a plain routine or just another chore. If they get the notion that gardening is just a part of another household work, it will appear to be boring and less enjoyable for them.
Help your kids grow into the realization of nature as God’s work of art and how we should preserve it. Also, it is important to take time in teaching your little ones the value of patience when doing these activities. They might mess up at first, but take pride in the thought that they tried and gave their best effort. Keep in mind that there’s always room for improvement.
- Prepare simple tasks. A child’s attention span is short. They often would rather play and dig around so it’s important that you break down big tasks into smaller chunks so that they won’t grow tired and develop more interest in time. Check out this easy gardening activities for kids.
- Fertilizers and other chemicals must be placed in a safe place where your children can’t access them. Young as they are, they should never be exposed to any chemicals that can bring them harm.
- Make sure that your tools are kid-friendly. Show them the proper handling or use of gardening tools.
- Show and teach them how to do things first, like digging holes. Then, let them do tasks with your supervision until you see that they can do it on their own.
- Allow them to use their imagination and creativity.
- Express gratitude to your kids for being very helpful and efficient in every gardening activity. Make them feel appreciated by thanking them and giving them extra treats. Rewards are always a great way to boost a child’s morale.