As the school year is kicking off, one thing you might want to incorporate into your child’s study is a garden. Numerous studies show spending time in nature or a garden is good for us. It has benefits on our physical and mental health.
Outdoor spaces are meant to be an escape from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. Since we’re all spending more time at home these days why not turn your yard or patio into a “happy place” for your children. Gardening also teaches children why it is important to conserve our natural resources such as plants and soil. Having a garden can improve the quality of life for our planet.
A garden for your children is a great way to get them outdoors, challenge them creatively, and teach them how to respect nature. You will also be spending quality time with your children. When starting out keep it small and simple, which will give you a better opportunity for success. Make it a small space in your yard or even a container on your patio or porch.
To get started, sit down with your child and see what interests them. Do they like cooking, flowers, art, animals at a zoo, fairies, or insects. The choices are unlimited. Once you have decided on an idea connect those ideas to a garden.
If you have a lot of sun, it is great to grow vegetables or sunflowers. Just pick a few things to grow, so you are not overwhelmed. Also, consider plants that grow quickly from seeds, so you are not waiting too long for them to sprout. Here is a post we did on fast-growing flowers. Sunflowers are on the list, they are always fun for kids. Try getting some clear containers so you can see the growth of the seeds and plants in action. Here are some fast-growing flowers to consider.
If you need some inspiration, take your child to a local botanical garden. Many of them have children’s areas, which can help you come up with an idea. At one botanical garden, I went to they had a Zoo Garden. Here is an article that gives you information on how to create one. If you just have container space, try creating an Alice In Wonderland Fairy Garden.
A children’s garden is great for any age and can incorporate and expose children to many different subject areas such as science, engineering, history, culinary arts, art, and creation. You can even use math in the garden! Just don’t let them know how much they will learn.
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