The 25th of May sees the start of national children’s gardening week, a perfect excuse to show your little one the ropes when it comes to the outdoors! Getting your kids gardening is a great way to bond and teach them a valuable life skill, while also having fun. There is so much to observe and admire in gardens, like how big plants grow from tiny seeds, as well as squidgy soil to mess around with and leaves to roll around in.
Kids gardening is all about fun and learning merged together, with many projects you can do with your little ones to ensure they get the most out of gardening. Children’s gardening week is the perfect time to motivate your little one to get outside and start exploring the wonders of gardening! At Barncliffe we love spending time outside with the children. Our nursery garden is a great place to get your hands dirty, and we’ll definitely be taking advantage of this during national children’s gardening week! Keep reading for a guide on kids gardening and why you should get your little ones involved.
How Kids Gardening Helps their Development
Kids gardening provides children with a great combination of skills and tasks that will help your child develop in a variety of areas.
For younger children, body management skills and object control skills are further developed from moving around the garden and carrying gardening tools, or objects such as soil and plants. Moving their bodies will get them using their large muscles, as well as working on their fine motor skills with tasks such as grasping tools.
Sensory stimulation is another part of physical development that develops in the garden. There are many things to experience in the garden that can stimulate a child’s senses. Squashing soil through their fingers, feeling the waxy leaves, splashing the water from the hose – all of these are great for development. As well as this, the smell of the fresh garden and the plants is another great sensory stimulation.
Cognitive development refers to the intellectual skills developed. A variety of these skills can be developed with kids gardening, such as remembering and analysing information, and predicting outcomes. Get your little one to tell you what has already been done in the garden and what they think should come next, helping them to think of the processes and remember the order things have been done in before. You can also teach them all about soil and plants and the different parts of a plant, educating them about the plant and the different stages of its growth.
Gardening with Children
What to Plant
Sunflowers take up a lot of room, but they are a great flower for a child’s garden. Not only will they sprout in just one week, they should be about 2 inches tall after a months time. Children love to see their successes, and when it comes to gardening sunflowers are a great way to show off their hard work.
Carrot seeds can be slow to germinate, but they are particularly rewarding once they grow and are ready to eat. Small varieties are best for kids gardening, being easier to grow and more fun to eat! Carrots will mature in about 60 days, though make sure the soil is free of rocks so it is easy for the carrots to grow.
Radishes are easy to grow and bring a quick result for little green thumbs. Germinating in 3-10 days with a short growing seasons of 20-30 days, these are a great vegetable for children to grow. For a mild radish plant in cool weather, for a hotter radish opt for warmer weather.
Make it Fun
When trying to get your kids gardening, it is important to make sure it is fun! Children won’t want to get involved if something seems tedious and more like a task than a fun activity. Use colourful flowers, attractive tools, and the opportunity to get messy for fun as a way to entice your little one into experiencing gardening. Once they try it they’ll be hooked, eager to watch their creations grow and use the fresh fruit and vegetables they helped create in dishes.
Get Your Kids Gardening this May
National children’s gardening week is fast approaching, and if you’ve been looking for an excuse to get your little one out in the garden now is your chance! At Barncliffe Day Nursery we are all about developing children’s skills in a variety of ways, one of these being in the outdoors. Gardening with your children at home is a great way to help support these skills outside of nursery, and give them the opportunity to show off what they already know! If you’re interested in a nursery in Huddersfield that considers all aspects of a child’s growth, get in touch with us today.