Gardening wth Kids
Getting your kids involved in gardening is a great way to teach them about the environment, our climate, the birds and the bees and so much more. Turn your time with your child into quality time and learn together about gardening.
Not so good with flower gardens? No problem! Start a vegetable garden with your child and not only will they learn about gardening they will also learn where their vegetables come from. Research has shown that children that grow their own vegetables tend to eat more of them, a great plus to vegetable gardening.
Here is a list of the easiest vegetables to start your child friendly vegetable garden:
1) Zucchini – Children can experience eating a zucchini flower. They will learn about male and female flowers and fertilization
2) Pole Green Beans are fun because the vines climb up taller than them. They will enjoy hunting for and picking the green beans.
3) Carrots – Children enjoy picking carrots out of the dirt to discover how big they got.
4)Cucumbers – If you want to try something new and have the space, you can grow a cucumber tunnel. Set up the frame of the tunnel they way you want and let the cucumbers climb on the structure to cover it.
Keep in mind that vegetable gardens for kids must be accessible so think of planning out a vegetable garden close to their play area. They will recognize this as their own area, will be able to see the progress and even snack while playing!
Looking to raid the vegetable garden for you dinner table? Don’t forget to ask permission, this will show that you respect your Childs’ hard work and they will feel proud to contribute to the dinner table.
After picking your vegetables get the kids involved in washing and cutting them. Kids love to help. They will feel proud of their accomplishments and learn to share and be responsible. The quality time you spend with them is priceless. This will get them outdoors in rain and shine alike. Fun and educational at the same time. There is nothing better or tastier than home grown veggies!
Ronnie Baram holds a degree in early childhood education from Oranim, the education division of Haifa University. She resided on a kibbutz in Israel for 15 years where she concentrated on special ed, eventually becoming the managing director of the elementary school education program for the community. She moved back to Toronto in 1987 with her husband and 3 children. Her experience on the kibbutz, where the philosophy was to create the most imaginative and wonderful world for children to grow up in, sparked a passion for all things designed and handmade for children