Benefits of gardening with kids

Eating healthy

picking lettuce from the garden
  • By having the involved in gardening the children had a chance to take care of their own vegetables and fruits.
  • They love eating straight from the garden food that they have avoided when it was simply put on a plate in front of them: spinaches, broccolini, kale, tomatoes and lettuce; as well as strawberries (which they already loved)
  • As time passes by, the importance of healthy eating will, hopefully, ripple throughout their lives.

Improving motor skills

  • Gardening is an excellent physical activity
  • Their motor skills will be improved.
    • Children bend, stretch, dig, weed, lift, plant and water, they get involved in tonnes of movements that use plenty of muscles in both the upper and lower parts of the body.
  • When gardening, children move all around the garden until the job is ‘finished’.
  • Gardening teaches them a pattern of active routine and will contribute to a wider understanding of numerous ways of staying healthy.

Developing STEM skills

  • Gardening teaches your child how to analyse the situation.
    • “Is this a good place to put the plants?”
    • “What colour is the tomato?”
    • “Is it ready to pick?”
  • Mathematics
    • How many tomatoes are there?
    • Can you count them?

Enhancing cognitive abilities and social skills

  • Social interactions
    • Talking to each other about what is happening in the garden
  • Cooperation
    • Taking turns to water the plants or sow seeds
  • Cognitive abilities.
  • Patients and dedicated.

Mental Health

  • Taking the time to quietly explore nature in the fresh air and gentle sunlight can help children find a sense of calm
  • Psychological benefits, flowers are proven to produce positive emotions that can make people feel happier.
  • According to a study conducted by Amsterdam Researches in 2011, the level of cortisol—a steroid hormone produced in humans by stress—significantly decreases in participants who access the garden after a recovery period.

Environments / Experiences to guide Learning:

Planting

  • Watering
  • Weeding
  • Spraying for bugs (natural products)
  • Picking (flowers/ fruits/ Vegetables)
  • Planting seeds
  • Observing growth

Links to further activities.

  1. Cooking and meal preparation experiences.
  2. Insect identification and life cycle experiences.
  3. Building activities – bug hotel, scarecrows
  4. Exercise & health & wellbeing activities (outdoor yoga, etc)
  5. Animal activities
  6. Excursions to the botanical gardens or local parks
  7. Plant identification scavenger hunts.
  8. Bunnings visit (I thinks it’s free and they might even donate some plants)

Links to the EYLF – Outcomes

  • Eating healthy (L/O: 1.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.3)
  • Improving motor skills (L/O: 1.1, 3.2, 4.2)
  • Developing STEM skills (L/O: 4 & 5)
  • Enhancing cognitive abilities and social skills (L/O: 1 & 2)
  • Mental Health (L/O: 1 & 3)

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