It can be hard to really get kids interested in gardening. Sure, they’ll toss some dirt back and forth and squeal at the worms, but most of the payoff in gardening occurs long after the average kid has lost interest. However gardening is a wonderful and fun teaching tool. According to the American Horticulture Society, kids don’t just learn that lettuce doesn’t come shrink wrapped from a factory, they also pick up everything from social interaction skills to a sense of responsibility; from more finely honed creativity to the concept of patience. OK maybe not patience, but delayed gratification.
There’s quite a bit of wonder to be found in the garden. So whether your child learns that the flowers he planted are greatly dependent on him for survival or that he is dependent on the vegetables in the garden, it’s still amazing to be a part of the cycle. While you’re planning your garden this spring, here are some tips to get the kids interested in gardening. Who knew your little darling could grow such incredible tomatoes!
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