Anyone who gardens knows that there is a real reward to a beautiful space in your yard. A space where you can feel that joy and serenity from what you have helped create. I love adding new flowering plants and green foliage to my landscape. I’m almost prone to say I have a gardening addiction. I love putting new plants in my garden and my children do too.
Every time we go to the home improvement store or even Walmart they children beg to go see the plants and we oblige, because honestly, we love looking at them too! Our kids enjoy all the pretty colors that plants have to offer, they have to smell everything. They like to look at and touch all the different textures. It’s a really high sensory hobby and I like the variety that it offers to the kids.
We had recently bought pink Dianthus to place in our newly painted flower pots along our front patio, but it was my youngest daughter who picked them out because said she just had to have those ones. I liked that they are evergreen and will maintain color all year long and will bloom through spring and summer as well.
We also just added baby Lavender plants to the garden and we’re looking forward to seeing them matured and blossomed because lets face it, I love the smell of Lavender.
We also have seedling tree that my son brought home from preschool, that we are rooting and I believe it’s a cherry blossom if I can remember correctly. We’re going to be adding it to the backyard landscape once we have an idea of where we want it permanently.
He also had brought home a tomato plant from school and was so excited to plant it. We’ve since gotten 3 others and wires for them and placed them beside our porch. My children are not big fans of eating tomatoes and neither am I, however, when we harvest our fresh grown tomatoes I’m going to show them just what you can do with them. (homemade spaghetti sauce and also fresh made salsa)
We have a lot of other beautiful plants in the garden like flowering pear trees, pink magnolia and orange day lily’s. I’ve found that involving my children in the garden has raised their appreciation for nature and it’s entirety. They help with watering, adding new plants, weeding, dead-heading, and trimming. They love playing outside in the dirt, exploring the woods and inspecting new insects. It’s very rewarding watching them play and enjoy the outdoors.
Benefits of gardening with children:
- Bonding with your child. Spending quality time with your child. Take this time to hold a conversation and to teach.
- Learning about nutrition, plant growth and Photosynthesis.
- Helping them understand responsibility as well as the cause and effect. (some plants take more special care than others and some plants can easily die if not cared for properly)
- Research also shows that children who spend time in an outdoor environment with natural green color have reduced symptoms of ADD and ADHD.
- Gardening with a child teaches nurturing skills, introduces them to healthier foods, gives them a sense of accomplishment.
- A garden is a great tool for children with SPD and you can add different gardening activities to your child’s daily sensory diet routine. (such as a sandbox, walking barefoot in the grass and dirt, plant a flower, listen to birds or rain, explore scents)