Gardening is a great way for little monkeys to learn new skills while having a little bit of fun. Not only will they enjoy being outdoors getting dirty, learning how to garden will teach them responsibility in caring for plants, an understanding of nature and how things work as well as cultivate a love of all things green. And the look on their little faces when they see what they’ve grown is priceless!
These are my top 5 tips for gardening with kids:
1. Give children their own space in the garden. It does not have to be a large space – it could even be one pot – but a space that’s theirs will encourage interest and responsibility.
2. Grow things that you know will grow quickly, so that kids see results quickly. This will help to keep them interested. Also, put the plants where your kids can see them easily, be it the balcony, kitchen windowsill or an accessible part of the garden or backyard.
3. Grow things that your kids eat, or what you would like them to eat! Chances are, if they’ve grown it, they’ll eat it. Good examples are cucumbers, capsicum, tomatoes and strawberries.
4. Buy kids their own equipment, such as a mini watering can and plastic gardening tools. Make sure they are lightweight and easy to handle and use.
5. Get kids involved in every aspect of the gardening process: planting the seeds, watering frequently, nurturing, watching them grow and ultimately picking the vegetables and fruits once they’re ready to eat.