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8 Reasons Why Gardening is Good for Children

Published March 4, 2017 at 4:27 pm

8 Reasons Why Gardening is Good For Children

I have just spent the day working in my garden, that was until the rain came! For those of you who read my blog often you will know I am no Charlie Dimock but I do love getting stuck into my garden. This time of the year it gets busy out there as everything is coming to life and the remnants of last year’s growth also needs a tidy up.  Soon, I will need to think about what seeds to buy and what seeds to we want as a family.  This brought back wonderful memories of when my boys were little, they loved buying seeds, planting them and either, killing them with kindness or leaving them to die of drought.

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They would choose their seeds and pot them up with my help and supervision.  They actually loved getting their hands in the soil.  For those who missed my blog  http://www.smart-lifecoach.co.uk/is-hard-work-good-for-the-soul/

 

There is something about getting your hands dirty and there are many articles that suggest soil is full of ‘feel good’ ingredients, so get stuck in! My gardening activity got me thinking about the above subject and inspired this blog.

So,  for those of you with young children it might be a very good time to think about this wonderful activity that you could do with your child!

I can strongly recommend it for several reasons:

  1. It gives you time together and more importantly time whilst NOT doing something else that might otherwise distract you. In other words, it’s focused time.
  2. It is time filled with a purpose, children love a purpose.
  3. It can act as reading lesson as they can read the instructions, this maybe a first for them.
  4. It teaches them to be patient as they will go to the seed and will become most disappointed that in one day it hasn’t grown into an enormous plant!
  5. If you are growing vegetables they are more likely to eat them as not only have they grown them with their fair hand, they also taste better.
  6. They also realise that they are capable of learning a new skill and therefore, will have confidence to try others.
  7. If their plant/vegetable doesn’t grow they also learn to deal with disappointment.
  8. It gets them outdoors and can be an energetic exercise.

I can hear you saying “I haven’t the time, we haven’t the space and it’s too expensive”.  You don’t need a large garden, a pot or two will do nicely.

Surely, half an hour in an evening or at the weekend can be set aside for this rewarding activity?

A packet of seeds and a small bag of compost is inexpensive and if you share the compost with a friend it’s even cheaper.

I have spent many hours in the garden with my children, and other peoples for that matter and a very good time has been had by all.

Why not give it a go!