Our kids spend more and more time indoors. Playing games, watching YouTube. They have no knowledge of animals and plants or have an idea where food comes from. When we take our kids outside in the fresh air, planting seeds and growing their vegetables…. This can do wonders for their health.
Our kids spend more and more time indoors. Playing games, watching YouTube. They have no knowledge of animals and plants or have an idea where food comes from. When we take our kids outside in the fresh air, planting seeds and growing their vegetables…. This can do wonders for their development both mentally and physically.
The messier, the better, kids love to play with water and dirt. They love anything that involves getting their hands dirty. What better way to get them off the couch and into the fresh air by giving them their own vegetable patch.
I remember me and my brothers owning a vegetable patch in my granny’s garden. It was the best garden ever. We grew carrots, gooseberries, tomatoes, onions and parsley. We were there every day straight out of school, digging, watering, trying to hear our plants grow. It gave us a common goal and also made us competitive. I wanted to be the one growing the biggest tomato, I still know almost everything there is to know about tomatoes.
Research shows us that children growing some of their vegetables develop a connection with food. This connection leads to a healthier life with better diets. Children eat more fruit and vegetables and also have a better understanding of food and nutrition.
Children planting their seeds become interested to see what will happen next. “Will it grow? Will it sprout? When can I eat it?” They will monitor the progress of their plants every day and as a result learn the basic scientific process of botany.
Having their space in the garden where they can play with their friends is so special for them. The power of playing together is huge. Playing is more than just passing time for kids. It is also a way to learn about themselves and the world around them. They need their space to play protected and save.
Give kids some autonomy in the garden. Give them a lounge area, a sofa or a chair. A small part of the garden for them to experiment and play in.
We can teach our children where their food actually comes from. In their garden and give them the space to research and relax. Because a relaxed kid can think more constructively and positively. They have the space to step back and reflect. That is why having their space is as important for kids as it is for adults.