Kids can benefit from gardening in many ways. Not only does it teach children patience, it helps to improve life skills, a child's well being and forms a positive connection between the child and the environment.
Caring for a garden — big or small — is a teachable moment between parent and child. Children will not only learn the process of growing a flower, fruit or vegetable, they will get to experience the process using multiple senses. These experiences, along with hard work, encourages kids to respect their environment and learn how things within the environment work together.
Children are more likely to enjoy healthier foods if they grow them themselves. By planting and maintaining a fruit and vegetable garden with your child, he will feel a sense of accomplishment when there are results and be more likely to explore different tastes out of curiosity.
Visit your local farmers market with your child to experience a variety of garden-grown foods and flowers and to gain inspiration for your home garden.
When an outdoor garden is not a possibility, bring your garden indoors. The Miracle-Gro Windowsill Greenhouse acts as an indoor seed starter and encourages kids to learn about plant life cycles and photosynthesis.
Introduce kids to the process of gardening and growing seeds with a kit like the Miracle-Gro 3-in-1 Gardening Set. Gardening kits come with everything you need to get started — and everything to get your kids excited about gardening.
If you don't already have a garden, start with a small outdoor space — a few large pots, a side yard planter or a wooden planter box.
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