Gardening with your kids is one of the most healthy and inspirational activities you can do. "But then we do not have a big balcony or backyard." You might say. This is why our space-saving and self-watering vertical planters are designed to overcome space constraints faced by urban growers. We make it fun, easy, and neat to start gardening with your kids. Here are 5 benefits, among many, on why gardening is definitely a worthwhile pursuit to engage your kids with:
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1. A great bonding activity for the family
Gardening with your kids is a great opportunity to bond and spend quality time with the family. Modern-day is both hectic and full of digital distractions. As a result, quality family time has become harder to come by. However, its importance is unchanged. Many studies have shown a positive correlation between quality family time and emotional development in young children. With the common goal of growing food, the family engages in the creative process of setting up and the garden and nurturing the seeds to adult crops. Gardening is a beautiful way to bond and create meaningful memories together as a family.
2. Gardening improves your kids' physical health
Kids today are spending too much time indoor studying or gluing to the screens. Gardening motivates your kids to leave the screens and get some fresh air. Either it is transplanting the seedlings, applying fertilizer, or harvesting, gardening gets your kids to be active which is essential for good health.
Furthermore, you are availing your kids of positive Farm-Effect. A study published in the June 2012 issue of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology shows that children who live on farms have about a 50% less chance of suffering from asthma, allergies, and gut-related disorders compared to children who grow up in more sterile environments. The natural way of regularly exposing your kids to microbes in the soil can potentially mean a stronger immune system for your kids.
3. Kids develop healthy eating habits
Eating habits are formed early during childhood. Kids love to be involved. Eating their greens can become an interesting affair when they have grown it themselves.
Besides, many studies have shown that introducing a variety of vegetables at an early age influences your child's preference for a healthier diet. By growing food as a family, your kids learn to appreciate homegrown fresh food, free from chemicals or harmful additives in processed food. These are validated by several studies, including one at Texas A&M University that suggests gardening improves a child’s attitude toward fruits and vegetables and may make them more likely
to choose them as snacks.
4. Kids learn about how plants grow
Gardening with your kids can intrigue and engage your child. Ask the little ones where our vegetables come from? Their answers are likely to be "The supermarkets!". Growing up in the concrete jungle with small living spaces, the kids are deprived of the fascinating experience of the beauty of gardening or farming. What do seeds need for germination? What is the seed structure? Why do plants need fertilizer? Why do plants need light and water? Instead of memorizing classroom taught theories, learning through hands-on experiments is definitely more enriching for your kids.
Gardening also helps to exercise your kids' analytical and STEM skills. You can encourage your kids to research before planning on the garden. Ask them to experiment with different growth media and observe how different properties of the media affect plant growth.
5. Kids develop good values
Plants thrive and reward you with food when you take care of them. On the opposite, the plants die without proper care - watering, fertilizing, and exposure to sunlight. Children learn that the plants depend on them to help them grow. It encourages them to take ownership and develop a healthy sense of ownership.
What is more? Gardening helps make children feel more capable. Playing an active part in transforming tiny seeds into full-grown edible plants is incredibly satisfying. This sense of competence is critical in a child's ability to learn and succeed.
Tips on giving your kids the gift of green thumbs
Inspiring your kids to grow their own food can be the greatest gift you can give to them. Some tips to get your kids interested in gardening:
- Let them own a dedicated garden space. For example, allow them to own one tier of the vertical garden
- Involve them in the design and set up. Let them build and own the space.
- Start with fast-growing vegetables. Kangkong and Bayam are great beginner vegetables to grow. They are easy to grow and fast to see results.
- Keep it simple. Don't be over adventurous and over complicate things in the beginning.
- Bring them out for farms visit. Introduce urban farming and get them to appreciate the wonder of nature.