Why is Gardening good for Children?
Gardening with children provides them with the skills to help improve their overall development.
Gardening is an excellent form of physical exercise as well as it being mentally stimulating. It helps to develop kids control skills, while they move from one place to the other carrying tools, soil/compost and water.
Gardening also allows kids to have family bonding time. It develops children’s skills in Science, Maths, Cooking, life skills and is truly intergenerational.
Gardening is a fun thing to do with kids and helps to create many different learning experiences.
There’s lots of tools that are needed in the garden. The main tools for kids will be a fork, spade and a trowel.
Gardening can be carried out in all weathers. Get their wellies on and let them make mud pies, get their hands dirty and experience helping out.
Kids love to plant and watch seeds grow. Fast growing seeds provide an opportunity for kids to engage and eat their harvests.
There’s so many opportunities for learning in the garden. Encourage your kids to pick and taste their home grown produce and stimulate their senses.
Kids love to explore and find different challenges in the garden. Set them some tasks and always ensure that they are supervised when tools are being used.
Where to Start?
Gardening is an opportunity to chat with your kids about research and planning.
Give them their own space. Kids love to dig and get messy
Search the internet with your kids and Let them decide what they want to plant. This will provide them with an opportunity to learn how food is grown, maintained and prepared in the kitchen
When you have found your preferred area, let your Kids explore. Give them the opportunity to learn how to grow and allow them to sow the seeds, water them in and maintain the plants right the way through to harvest.
Setting a Challenge
Set about finding a challenge such as, the largest Radish in a pot or the tallest sunflower. There’s some great guides on the website to help get you started and you can even buy seeds from the very best genetics.
At Harvest time, allow your children to sample what they have grown and create some healthy dishes for them to experience new things.
Plants and crops develop flowers from July onwards. A suggestion could be to allow a few to go to seed. Ours Kids have great fun popping open the pods and collecting the seeds for the next growing season. Perhaps you could even teach them how to design seed packets either on a computer or hand drawn ones?
Lastly, have fun along the way. If you make mistakes, learn from them and challenge yourselves in the next food production cycle.
We @ GiantVeg would like to encourage families and their children to grow giantveg and all other vegetables therefore we are creating an annual competition with multiple prizes.
We Will Start This Brand New Competition In 2022 !
Be sure to follow us on all our social media for updates and how to enter.