Gardening is not only good for adults-It’s amazing for children as it teaches so many important life lessons.
Effort, patience, nurturing, dilemmas, disappointment, perspective, math, optimism, life cycle, teamwork, balance, thankfulness. I mean, I could go on and on. The end result is the reward and in order to get there they must take responsibility to carefully tend to that little patch of land.
I always start with plants that require simple care. Think bomb proof plants. Good soil, water and sun. They learn that once you put in the work the rest is left to our great creator to allow the life cycle to follow through. After all, God is the master gardener and they will witness this first hand.
Here is a little inspiration of plants I’ve found to be easy for my kids!
- Black eyed Suzann
- Green beans
You can do this with a box garden, recycled bins and containers (make sure you poke holes on the bottom for drainage, or in pots! If you have the space give them their own little area in the garden. Our daughter always loves sitting down to carefully design her garden before sowing the seeds. Our boys just like going out and throwing seeds in different spots and want to be surprised by what comes up haha! All kids will be different and thats ok! Let them explore in their own with this.
Once the plants begin to grow they will see all the birds, butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and many other animals along with insects attracted to their garden. I can tell you all about how amazing this experience was with my kids, but until you have seen the magic light up in their eyes its hard to explain. It’s so worth going the extra mile to give kids the creative space to have their own little garden! Try it this year, and I promise you’ll not regret it.