Edible gardening can be one of the most delightful, and beneficial activates to share with children, and it is one of the best ways to impart a sustainable lifestyle for the years to come.
Anyone who has ready access to a youngster can enjoy their wonder and excitement of discovery as the constant changes as the vegetables in their gardens unfold.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a pot on the windowsill or a plot in the yard, gardening is an educational experience that is definitely ‘outside the box’ of the classroom.
Most educators would agree that learning by doing is one of the best ways to learn. Planting and taking care of a garden will bring home lessons that are far more than lectures and rhetoric can ever impart.
By planting and caring for a garden, large or small, a child will learn about science and math in a practical way. Can you imagine it?
Learning lessons in botany, the life cycle of plants, ecology, soil science, environmental stewardship, agriculture, insects and meteorology are included free of charge when you help a child in the garden.
They are part and parcel of gardening, and the child will see the principles in action. Going green will become an innate part of the child’s life, rather than having it imposed as a value they know nothing about.
Building character is another benefit of gardening with children. Growing things gives kidsa sense of accomplishment and developing responsibility and self reliance. Caring for living things brings an awareness of the interconnectedness of life and of personal value.
In these days of increased indoor living gardening can offer healthy outdoor activity, and a way to reconnect with the wider world and environment.
Life expands beyond the television and video game to the land and sky.
And picky eaters? Vegetable phobia can become a thing of the past. Few children can resist the temptation to eat what they grow.
Simple guideline go a long way to insuring success.
Spending time in the garden can bring good times, happy memories and practical lessons all together in an easy, fun and safe way. Can you think of a better reason to grow green with a child?