Written By: The Green Crunchy Mother
In my opinion, dirt has always been one of my kids’ best toys. Last year, I purchased an indoor greenhouse and we have been having lots of fun experimenting with growing different vegetables.
Home gardening could also just be one fun activity for your children. Excite them by allowing them to pick whichever plant they want to grow. Here are some tips to help you make your little ones become enthusiastic with home gardening.
Choose the Right Plants
Kids will most likely choose plants and flowers with bright colors, so have a load of varieties of plants. Examples of bright flowers are zinnias and cosmos; these will keep your children fascinated. Don’t forget the sunflowers. Make sure these plants will not cause any allergic reactions.
Give your children the freedom to help you with the starting of seeds. Some seeds might be too small for tiny fingers, but they can still assist with covering them with dirt.
Home Gardening Memoir
To contribute to your child’s enthusiasm until the plants grow, you can have them create a home gardening journal. This activity will allow them to use their imagination. They can create sketches of what the plants will be like when they grow. Also, they can write down when they placed them in the ground and when they first witnessed a sprout pushing up.
Make sure that the garden is somewhere very visible for the kids.
Before you start home gardening, pick a spot where the children often play or walk by. Every time they see and pass by their garden, it will encourage them to pay attention to it.
Keep in mind that children are very fond of playing with dirt or mud. They can help you prepare the soil, even if what they are only doing is stomping on it. To make home gardening with the kids more entertaining, you can provide them with kid-sized tools to make home gardening more engaging for them.
Your Kids Own the Garden
A picture of each plant will enable the children to foresee what the flowers will look like. You can also put your child’s name on a large rock, so everyone can see that it’s their garden.
Playing With Water
Playing with water is right up there with playing with dirt. Look for a small watering can that they can use to water their garden. You can also teach them how the water goes straight to the roots of the plants.
Allow the Kids to Make Mistakes
Adults, too, are sometimes impatient. Give the kids full control of their garden. If they create a mess, let it be, it’s their mess. Just don’t forget to tell them how to clean up that mess.
Do you garden with your children?