Gardening isn’t an activity that is just for the adults, it can be lots of fun for young children as well.
Getting your kids involved in gardening has many benefits. Not only will your children love spending time with you outside, but you can also use the experience to teach your kids about the benefits of plants and healthy eating.
Let’s take a look at a few more of the great benefits that gardening with your kids offers.
Encourages Healthy Eating
Fruits and vegetables are important for supporting your child’s healthy development, however it can sometimes feel like you’re fighting a losing battle when trying to get your children to eat them.
If you struggle to get your children to eat their greens, gardening can be a great way to change that. If your children are part of the whole growing process they will likely be more inclined to want to eat what they have helped to grow.
During the planting process you will have great opportunities to teach your children all about the benefits that healthy foods like fruits, vegetables and herbs offer and why. This deeper understanding may also make them more excited about eating healthy.
Teaches Responsibility and Patience
Gardening is a great way to teach your children both responsibility and patience. Even with our easy grow Salad Tables, your plants will need to be tended to at times for planting and harvesting.
To boost your child’s responsibility levels, after they help you plant the seeds you can show them what the ripe plant will look like and then they can check the plants everyday and help you decide when they are ready to be harvested.
The process of growing plants with the Salad Table takes up to three weeks, which is quicker than soil gardening, but it is still a long time for children to wait. This makes it the perfect time to teach your children about the importance of patience and that the wait will be worth it.
If you encourage your children to take responsibility for the garden, when the plants start to grow and especially when they make their first harvest they will have a massive sense of accomplishment.
Being able to keep the plants alive and grow something that you can eventually cook with and eat is an amazing confidence booster.
Encourages Outdoor Time
Gardening is a great way to get your children off their screens and into the outdoors. Generally the hardest part of getting children off the couch is that there isn’t anything motivating them to go outside.
Gardening however, is a fun outdoor experience that is sure to have your children running out the door daily to check on how their plants are growing. They will also benefit greatly from the fresh air and vitamin D.
If you’re looking for a fun new way to bond as a family, then gardening may be the answer. Especially in the beginning, there can be a lot to learn when you’re trying to grow a thriving plant from a tiny seed or seedling, but it can also be a lot of fun for the whole family.
Getting outside in the garden is a great way to enjoy the time as a family. You will all be learning together and share the sense of pride and accomplishment when you finally harvest and taste your first crop.
Develops Motor Skills
Gardening teaches and helps children hone and develop their fine motor skills. Planting the seed or seedling in the garden, monitoring the growth, and harvesting the fresh produce will all help your children improve their concentration, coordination and learning skills.
Safe Gardening With a Salad Table
Gardening has also never been safer with our Salad Table. There is no dirt, weeds or toxic chemicals to worry about, so you can feel comfortable letting your children tend to the plants alone.
You can learn more about our gardens here or contact us to hear more about how you can start gardening with a Salad Table today.