How does gardening help your kids
Regardless of differences in background, attitude or experience, the garden game is ideal for the development and health of the child. I have been working with children in the garden for some time and if there is something that is universally attractive for all children in the open air, it is the desire to play. I do not mean an organized tag game, but a light and playful approach to the garden. Garden play helps children engage their senses and connect with nature and the world around them.
Some children are at home up to their elbows in the ground, while others may be a little suspicious of getting dirty. Some have a curiosity about the creatures that inhabit the space and others can get the willies from all the scary ramps. Regardless of the differences in background, setting or experience, the garden can be a fun place to play. Some children just need a little help to get interested.
VIEW: Children can see everything that grows in the garden, but they can also use their eyes to inspect it. Ask them to pick flowers and separate them to look at them in more detail. Collect the insects in a mason jar and feed them with leaves. Play “I Spy” and see how many new things you can watch in the outdoor space.
SMELL: the aroma of the garden is intoxicating! Try to smell different flowers to see how they differ from each other, or even try to smell different colors of flowers of the same species and talk about what you learn.
TASTE: Picking fresh berries from the garden to eat them must be the strongest form of garden play. I plant blueberries, grapes, strawberries, raspberries and cherries for the simple pleasure of snacking in the garden. I will never grow enough to bring inside and all the children who visit my house know how to choose a clean bush in no time! The herb leaves also provide a fun tasting project. Choose a few different types of herbs and let the children try to identify them only from the taste. Prepare for funny faces when chives or rosemary are crushed. Your pallets will grow the more you nibble. You can even make them fall in love with kale!