Planting a garden with your children
14th April 2015
With spring now upon us and the warmer temperatures creeping in, it is the ideal time to connect with the outdoors and embrace nature! The garden is a great place for your child to get creative and crafty, and helping them plant their own garden is the perfect way to do this!
Why not give your child their separate corner of the garden? It doesn’t have to be anything too big and can be their own personal space to plant and care for whatever they like. Just make sure you guide them to choose those plants that are easy to grow and maintain, as children can become easily discouraged if the plants are too hard to look after and they die early on.
Stick to anything from the child-friendly list below for young gardeners:
What can my child learn from gardening?
Gardening gives children something to focus on and teaches them the art of caring, as well as being patient as they wait to see their beautiful plants, vegetables, flowers etc. grow and bloom.
Parents have found that even those children who usually have a poor attention span can concentrate much better when actively gardening, rather than just reading about it in a book, for example.
If you decide to grow vegetables, which we would recommend, your child can learn exactly where their food comes from and what it takes to get them to the stage where they are ready to prepare and eat, giving them a wider appreciation.
An outing to the garden centre
Take a trip out to the garden centre and let your child browse through the different plants, vegetables, herbs etc. with you and choose a selection of easy-to-grow things to take home. This will make them feel it is their own project they are taking ownership of from beginning to end. Whilst you’re there you could also pick up any essential equipment you may need such as watering cans, flower pots, trowels etc.
There is no getting away from the fact that gardening is an outdoor activity. So what do you do if you wake up on the day you’ve set aside for gardening and it’s pouring it down with rain? Well, we’ve got a list of gardening-related indoor activities to keep your little one busy whilst still having fun making things for their miniature garden!
Painting flower pots
Buy some cheap, plain pots and help your child decorate them. Poster paints, thin paint brushes, newspaper and a container of clean water is all you will need. Just remember to wash the pot down with some clean, soapy water first to get rid of any dirt before you begin.
Homemade bird feeders
Help attract the surrounding wildlife by making these easy homemade bird feeders. All you need is some pine cones, string, peanut butter and bird seed. Tie the string around the top of the pine cone then using a spatula, spread peanut butter over the entire surface of the cone. Roll the pine cone in a bowl full of bird seed until it is coated, or sprinkle the seeds to the desired areas, depending on how you want it to look.
Once it has stopped raining, choose your spot and go and hang them up, ready for the birds to enjoy!
Similar to painting the flower pots, prepare an area with paints, brushes, fresh water and paint a selection of stones. Help your child choose the flattest stones so they have a wider surface area to work on. They could get really creative and turn them into ladybirds and bumble bees!
So why not introduce your child to cooperative learning this spring/summer and help them plant their very own garden?!