Spring is in full bloom, so now is the perfect time to get children out and about in the garden.
Regular hands on experiences with plants, animals and insects provide an essential part of
learning and development. Gardening with children also helps to support their emotional and physical health and wellbeing.
The Early Years Framework encourages children to be aware of the world around them. Being outside gardening, children will be able to observe the weather conditions, which can lead to a discussion about seasons. From there, learning can be directed to the best climate to grow vegetables in, and then into the entire process from seed to consumption. Children can then be taught how we can even recycle our leftovers into compost and start the cycle all over again.
Having the opportunity to learn where their food comes from, children may even be more open to trying what the food tastes like when it has been harvested.
All that digging, raking and pushing wheelbarrows can work up a sweat! Not only does gardening with children encourage them to be physically active, it also helps develop fine and gross motor skills.
It’s not just physical skills that gardening with children encourages. Children working outside together are encouraged to take turns with the range of tools provided. This means they must work as a team to reach their goal together—an essential skill in their social development.
There is a huge sense of achievement in gardening and it can be a great tool to build self-confidence. Watching plants grow from seeds and nurturing them provides children the perfect opportunity to connect with the environment.
Here are the top 5 vegetables to plant this season:
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