We can all see how nature is treated these days. It’s a sad thing to know that people do not pay attention so much anymore to the environmental problems. What can we do about this? It’s as simple as starting with our children. It is good to see the children’s involvement with environmental-friendly activities. One such nature-loving activity that children could easily get their hands on is kids gardens. Why should you consider gardening activities for kids?
Here are some gardening lesson plans for kids:
Through childrens gardening, they are indirectly taught the wonders of science like the plant’s life cycle and how human’s intervention can make or break the environment. They can have a first hand experience on the miracle of life through a seed. This would definitely be a new and enjoyable experience for the kids.
Watching a seed grow into a tree is just as wondrous as the conception to birth and growth of a child. In time, kids will learn to love their plants and appreciate the life plants provide. Gardening for kids could actually help simulate how life should be treated — it should be with care. The necessities to live will be emphasized through children and gardening such as – water, sunlight, air and soil. Those necessities could easily be corresponded to human necessities, i.e., water, shelter, air, food. By simply weeding out, one could educate children on how bad influences should be avoided to be able to live life happy and productively.
Studies show that gardening in general can reduce stress because of its calming effect. This is applicable to any age group. More so, it stimulates all the five senses. Believe it or not, gardening may be used as a therapy to children who have been abused or those who are members of broken homes. It helps build one’s self-esteem.
4. Quality Time with the Family
You can forget about your stressful work life for a while by being soothed through the lovely ambience in the garden. It a chance to play and spend quality time with your children. You can talk while watering the plants or you can work quietly beside each other. The bottom line is, always do what you have to do, together with your kids. You might discover a lot of new things about your child while mingling with them in your garden.
Let kids become aware of their environment’s needs. One way to jumpstart that environmental education may be through gardening. It’s hitting two birds with one stone — teach them to respect life while you bond with them as well.
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