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Benefits of Gardening with your Kids

on April 11, 2013

Benefits of Gardening with your kids

On our Spring Break To Do List was to plant some seeds that we will later transfer outside to the garden.

seed packets

My daughter absolutely loves to get her hands dirty. In fact, while we were planting and her little hands were full of dirt she said: “Oh, I just love having nature all over my hands!

gardening with your kids

She is so sweet! I just love having a gardening buddy that loves digging in the dirt as much as I do.

bacon and kids

I was thinking about all the benefits ones derives from gardening. I’ll share a few of them.

Benefits of Indoor Gardening with Your Children:

Family Bonding – Gardening is a great way for the family to spend time together! Make it a fun experience!!

 Sense of Accomplishment – Gardening can provide a sense of accomplishment and pride as children watch their seeds grow into plants.

Reduces Stress! – We all need less stress in our lives. Stress relief comes from digging in the dirt.

 Teaches Patience – In this day and age of instant gratification, waiting for seeds to sprout is a great lesson in patience. Although, planting some quick growing seeds, such as sunflowers will help to keep your child motivated.

Science lesson -Use gardening as an opportunity to talk to your kids about the life cycle of plants.

Increases Responsibility – Create a schedule for watering and how much to water. (My daughter over watered one of her little pots and turned the dirt into soupy mud…. it recovered from near death trauma.

One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.  ~W.E. Johns

Anticipation? You bet! However, after only waiting 4 short days, the sunflower seeds started to sprout. My daughter was thrilled!!

sunflower seed sprouts

garden sprouts

sprout bacon and kids

So glad we were able to spend some time planting our seeds. Can’t wait for the weather to finally warm up so we can do a lot more planting outside!!

herbs in kitchen window

Fresh herbs in the kitchen window – perfection!

Happy Gardening to you and your family!

~Betty

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2 responses to “Benefits of Gardening with your Kids

  1. Tina McKee says:

    Betty – I love it!!! Can they come and do MY garden please?!?!? BTW, LOVE the nail polish!!!
    Tina McKee 🙂

    • Thank you so much Tina! Yes, my daughter would love to garden for you. Regarding the nail polish – I’ve yet to figure out how to keep her from picking off the polish. After I do her nails, there is about a two minute smudge & chip free window. LOL!

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