Watching a garden grow is full of learning opportunities for kids of all ages. You can use plants to teach your kids about weather, the environment and even responsibility by giving them their own corner of your garden to take care of. Even if you live in an apartment, just giving your child their own handful of seeds and pot will work just as well.
Choose Your Plant
What you will grow will depend a lot on where you live and what kind of space you can dedicate to the project. Letting your kids help you pick what to plant will help them feel involved right away. Ask them if they would rather have something with flowers, or something that you can eat at the end of a season. According to gardeningknowhow.com, these are some easy ones for kids: pumpkins, radishes, wildflowers, sunflowers, pole beans, cherry tomatoes and venus flytraps.
Prep With Your Kids
If you have a large garden, setting aside a special area will make your kids feel like it’s really theirs. Otherwise, a pot large enough for the plant you have selected will do. While you are preparing the area/pot, explain to your child what you are doing. If you don’t plant the seeds into the dirt right away, watching them germinate is a great way to show how plants come from seeds.
Let Them Take Over The Watering
Once your seeds are in the ground, teach your child to water them. This is a great time to explain why plants need water to grow. As they get bigger and bigger, you can even explain why plants need the sun to make their food. Watering the plant every day (or every few days depending on the plant) will help your child feel responsible for how well it’s growing. When it rains, it’s a great time to explain how the water cycle works, and why plants need water to live.
Enjoy the Fruits (or Vegetables) of Your Labor
After several months, you should have a mature plant that you and your child can be proud of. If you grew something that you can eat, serve it up in a way the whole family can enjoy. This can help you explain to your child where our food comes from, and that farmers all over the word do exactly what you just did to grow all the fruits and veggies that you eat. If you planted flowers, it’s easy to display them in your home and tell your child how proud you are of their little garden.