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Spring is a wonderful opportunity to experience the outdoors and get in touch with nature and the joy it can bring. There’s no better way to get your imagination going with these junior gardening tools.
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Gardening is not just therapeutic and fun, it also has wonderful learning opportunities for young children and here’s why:
It provides children the opportunity to engage all their senses and process the beauty that surrounds them. They can touch, smell and feel the soil, seeds, herbs, vegetables and flowers. They can see the various colours, shapes and sizes nature has to offer, from the various rocks and pebbles, blooming flowers, sprouting seeds and new leaves.
Ways to encourage sensory learning in the garden:
Planting Herbs, Fruit and Vegetables and then harvesting them excites children and gives them a sense of pride. They’ll be much more likely to eat what they’ve helped grow, harvest and prepare. This is a wonderful way to get children to see vegetables in a new light and they’ll learn to love eating their own creations. Gardening also encourages children to try new vegetables and fruit that they’ve not eaten before.
Ways to encourage healthy eating in young children:
Young children can practice locomotor skills, body management skills and object control skills while they move from one place to the other carrying tools, soil and water. In effect, these skills are the formation for academic skills such as writing, cutting and typing.
Ways to encourage activity in the garden:
While having lots of fun, children are learning about life cycles, metamorphosis, germination, botany, entomology, pollinators, caring for the earth and so much more. When they plant their first seeds they become curious about what will happen next. Through gardening, they’re encouraged to make their own hypothesis and monitor the progress of their creations. This is a wonderful way to help children learn the basic steps of the science behind growth. Children can even be encouraged to learn about the impact of sunlight and water on different plants and produce and use their own judgement for future gardening projects.
Ways to encourage science and curiosity in the garden:
Gardening is a wonderful way to encourage children to give their best at something that is important and requires attention. Children can become aware of the fact that they have to plan how they’ll take care of their plants and to solve problems in order to keep the plants alive, healthy and growing. They’ll learn how to nurture them and patiently wait for their seeds to sprout and grow into beautiful produce or plants. They’ll soon realize the wonderful reward and excitement of patience and responsibility when the process is complete and successful.
Ways to encourage responsibility, organization and patience:
Some extra TIPS to keep unattended children busy when doing a group gardening session:
Ultimately, gardening brings knowledge, closeness to nature, fresh air, healthy eating, good exercise, sensory development and so much more. The garden can truly become a magical play place, it only begins with a sprout and a little imagination.