How can you educate your child through gardening?

These days, children spend a lot more time indoors with more technology-oriented pastimes, so it's important for them to know that enjoyment can be found outdoors in the garden too. Spending a few hours outside doing a little gardening, can not only teach children about the world and plant-life around us, but also get them outdoors. 

Early-years development
For younger children, playing in the garden is a great way to develop their early-years skills, and messy play is a great way to improve sensory and cognitive development, whilst also having fun. Research behind the advantages of messy play shows how this unstructured form of activity can really help your child develop. Messy play can be done with sand, water or even bags of topsoil. You can encourage your child to draw shapes with different tools or even their fingers. 

General learning
Your child might have spent all day behind a desk at school doing their work and it’s nice to have a break from this when they come home and getting outdoors can give them that much needed bit of fresh air. Make it easy for your child to work outdoors simply by having a table out in the garden,or a gazebo for when the rain starts. 

About healthy eating
There has been some research which has discovered that children who grow their own food are more likely to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. This can be a great way to improve their diet and get them outdoors and teach children a whole new life skill. Easy to grow fruit and vegetables include strawberries, cabbage, radishes and potatoes and children get to eat what they've grown so it helps their overhaul food health too.

Jobs for little helpers
If I've learnt anything from having children, it's that that love to have some form of responsibility and so when they help out in the home or garden I give them some tasks to do to get them to look forward to spending time in the garden. It can be something simple such as growing a sunflower. They are so easy to grow and children just too to make sure they look after them and water them. Our first one grew to about 8ft tall!


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