Gardening as a Family Event
Gardening Being a Family EventHave fun with the family in the event of gardening together. Show them how much you enjoy gardening. Spending time in your garden. This is especially easy to stimulate the interest of the child when they see you having fun.Make gardening easier. Do not expect a perfect garden. Allow your family to work at their own pace and in their attention span and age range, especially children.Dig it! Children love to dig. This is a great way to teach the basics while letting them play and just have fun.Let them play an active role in planning. Bringing your child to a local nursery and let them pick seeds or transplants to start their gardens. Take your time and let them explore and enjoy all the beautiful plants.
Growing a garden theme. This is a great way to let your kids use their imaginations and express their creativity. The sky is the limit. Some great ideas are gardens that coincide with holidays, alphabet gardens, a garden themed in their favorite color, a sensory garden where you can experience the different smells, tastes, textures and scenery, or "Freedom Park".Give your children their own "child size" tool. They do not have to be expensive. You can go with an old spoon and a bucket that you have around the house or you can venture into the garden center and purchase garden tools are made for children's hands.Give them space to call their own. Not be large. It will teach them ownership and responsibility, and your children will be able to take credit for their own little space.Get crafty! Press or dried flowers to create beautiful settings, make potpourri, or make pomander balls. Children love making things and be amazed at the crafts and gifts that they can make from the garden.Grow a vegetable garden. Your kids will be amazed that they can grow their own food. Be sure to use organic pesticides.Use gardening to brush up on your children's math and science skills. Let them count the seeds they planted, or teach them how plants are living things. Not only will you capture their attention, you will polish their skills as you go.Have a contest. Children love to be appreciated. Be sure to give each child a gift; largest tomatoes, beautiful flowers, or maybe the best tasting herbs (a Spray-N-Grow a little will help!)Do not try to do it all! Selecting a few tips that you know is best for your family and have fun with them. After all, gardening is meant to be fun and easy. And with something, a little help the whole family can enjoy.