Gardening With Children
Gardening is a very good way to get children interested in preparing and eating the fruits and vegetables that they have grown.
Gardening with Children
Gardening With Children. The Benefits of Letting Your Children Grow Their Own Food
Gardening is a therapeutic activity, but it is also a great way to introduce children to fruits and vegetables.
Letting your children help in the garden by having their own little fruit and vegetable patch is a very good way to get them interested not only in gardening but also in preparing and eating the fruits and vegetables that they have grown.
When my little ones were younger I always let them collect the garden tomatoes and raspberries. They loved doing that, last summer I could hardly get any raspberries or cherry tomatoes on the table, they would finish the harvest before even coming back to the house. They even started creating their own recipes with tomatoes and all sort of herbs from the garden to make summer salads. Suddenly preparing food and eating became fun!
I found that some of the benefits of letting my children help to grow their own fruits and vegetables were:
- An increased interest in growing all sorts of fruits and vegetables
- An increased interest in learning to prepare and even inventing their own recipes with their fruits and veggies.
- An interest to eat fresh fruits and vegetables instead of processed foods and sweets.
- As a family, we started to eat healthier meals
- With the increased physical activity in the garden, my children were hungrier at meal times and more tired at bedtime.
- Gardening gave them a new appreciation for nature.
- As a family, we saved money on grocery bills and entertainment as the children found that gardening was a rewarding hobby.
Taking care of his zucchini plants
Let Your Children Experiment in the Garden
Another new development last year was to let them experiment in planting their own seeds. The success was so amazing that even I was surprised to see them collecting their carrots and courgettes and cooking them for their lunch.
Let your children experiment in the garden, give them a little patch of land and let them choose their own seeds. Planning their own vegetable patch, taking care of their baby plants, seeing how a seed transforms into a small plant and then seeing that plant flourish and give fruits is extremely exciting for them. I remember my children would come from school straight to the garden to see how their plants were. They became very responsible about taking care of their vegetable patch and very proud of their fruits. I am hoping to be able to do the same this year.
The happiness of harvesting her first radish
- How to Grow a Vegetable Garden With Kids
Growing vegetables with children is a rewarding experience for both adults and children. Here are some tips for growing vegetables that children will enjoy.
Cooking With Children Aged 7 And Up
Children are more apt to eat vegetables if they grow them
Vegetable gardening shows children how to enjoy fresh and wholesome foods straight from the plant or vine.
Preparing the Ground
How to get a child to eat: Understanding picky eaters
- How to get a child to eat: Understanding picky eaters
Start understanding why your child doesn't want to eat to be able to put into practice a few tips to get your child to eat healthy meals.
Vegetable Gardening: See how fun it can be to discover nature working
If you don't have a garden this is a Kids' Container Gardening guide
When is time for harvest children will feel a sense of joy and accomplishment about their gardening meaning that they will eat and share their fruits and veg.
Teaching children about nature is as important as teaching them other subjects at school. Having a garden patch my children learnt to be more responsible and also they learnt by their own experience how plants grow and how some of the food we eat eventually arrives at our tables. For example, seeing all the work that goes behind a simple tomato salad made them more respectful towards the dishes served at the table. Now they have seen by themselves how long it takes for a tomato to grow, how delicate they are and how much work they need to do to keep their tomato plants growing healthy. After all that, now they just don’t say “I don’t like it” without trying something. At least now they try, taste and judge before refusing to eat something.
Growing their own vegetables my little ones have discovered not only nature at work but also new foods and flavors. Now they eat many more fruits and vegetables than last year and they are more open to trying new vegetables.
Growing and cooking carrots
Gardening With Children, More Benefits
- Gardening gives the opportunity to children to spend time outdoors, fresh air and exercise are essential for a child's wellbeing.
- Gardening gives children a sense of accomplishment, the happiness in their face at their first carrot of radish is just worth any effort.
- Growing their own food, children will learn that they too can contribute to the sustainability of our planet while learning useful skills that will last a lifetime.
- Gardening also allows children to express their creativity if you give them "carte blanche" to grow what they want in their own little allotments.
- Gardening gives children the opportunity to play in dirt! for once they are not obliged to keep their hands clean and they can get dirty and muddy.
Getting the tomatoes for dinner
© 2012 Wendy Iturrizaga