Looking for a fun, educational project to share with your kiddo? Time to paint your thumb green and grow a garden! Planting veggies, fruits, and flowers with your child is a great way to entertain them and it's an enriching experience that will last a lifetime. Check out 10 inspiring reasons why you should get diggin' with your mini-me!
Picky eater? Your kids will be inspired to eat new foods!
If you're one of the lucky parents with kids who love eating veggies, high five! But most of us find ourselves looking for enticing reasons to get our children to eat their greens. Teaching kids where food comes from will get them excited about the food on their plates — and can you imagine how proud they'll be eating salad grown from their very own garden?
Get your child into fresh air.
Having your kids home for summer is some kind of wonderful, but getting them interested in soaking up sun outdoors can be tough — especially when the dulcet tones of Toy Story 3 are calling. Planting a garden is a wonderful excuse to get your children away from the TV and outside in the fresh air.
Gardens are a fun science experiment!
At the risk of sounding like Bill Nye: It's science! The life of a plant is fascinating, and growing a garden with your child is a great excuse for a basic biology lesson. Make sure you buy at least a few fruits and veggies as seeds, so your little guy or gal can watch them sprout and flower. We have a feeling your kids will have a lot of questions, so it might be time to break out that high school bio textbook.
Your kids will love the responsibility.
Most children will need help planting their garden, but once the seeds are in the ground, sit back, relax, and let your little one do the work. Make sure they head outside often to water the garden and nurture their plants' growth — you can even encourage them to draw pictures of what the plants look like from week-to-week. More than anything, your children will love having such a "grown-up" responsibility, and they'll learn to take care of another living thing.
Time for a "mommy and me" bonding session!
Gardening is a project that you and your child can do together, and one we recommend for any mom who wants a lasting bonding experience with her kiddo. Planting and tending to a garden is an activity that lasts all year round — and did we mention your kid will probably remember the experience for the rest of his or her life? You're making memories and lettuce!
Home gardening promotes healthy, organic food.
We all want our children to eat the healthiest food for their growing bodies, but organic produce can be expensive. Growing a vegetable garden is a great way to get 100 percent organic and pesticide-free food in your baby's belly, without spending the big bucks. And don't worry, apartment dwellers — there are a ton of veggies that thrive in a window box garden!
Gardening is a lifelong skill.
Gardening is a cute project to share with your child on a hot summer's day, but it's also a skill these little tykes will have for the rest of their lives. After all, how hard is it to plant a few seeds in the ground and water them every day? With any luck, your baby boy or gal will grow up and water a garden of their very own — and they might even teach their kids to plant flowers and veggies when the time comes.
Waste not, want not.
Kids these days don't have a great track record when it comes to savoring each bite of food on their plates. In fact, they can be downright wasteful. It's hard for young children to understand why wasting food is wrong, but growing their own produce will help them care about every single leaf in their salad.
Time for a cooking lesson!
If your children are old enough to be in the kitchen, they'll love transforming their home-grown fruits, veggies, and herbs into delicious meals for the family. Even a simple sprig of rosemary can be added to scrumptious muffins that your child will be proud of. The possibilities are endless!
Gardens last all year round.
The great thing about planting a garden with your child is that you can do it any time of year. Sure, spring and summer are ideal for veggie gardens in the great outdoors — but you can plant indoor herb gardens in the winter months that will give your kids the same rich experience. It's a win-win!