Molly and dad getting the soil ready for planting.
Gardening Teaches Children....
To be patient
Whether it's fielding requests from your pre-schooler daughter about why she isn't allowed to pick the flowers immediately after planting them or explaining the reason why tomatoes don't magically appear two days after being planted, gardening grows patience and an appreciation that good things come to those who wait.
About where real food comes from
We all need to eat more real, wholesome food. Plus how cool is it to eat food from your own garden?
The important role that worms and bees play
A lot of creatures aren't celebrated because they aren't cute, gardening provides teachable moments about the roles and impact humans and other creatures have on the environment. To learn about planting a bee friendly garden click here for tips from The Honeybee Conservatory.
A practical life skill
You can use your green thumb all your life.
About work required to reap reward
Flower and vegetable beds need to be weeded, watered and harvested, yards need to be mowed and someone needs to teach that pesky raccoon a lesson! Gardening provides a sense of pride and accomplishment while you eat your dinner salad, carve your Halloween pumpkin or enjoy that pie filled with berries from your yard.
A deeper understanding of famous literary characters
If you've ever tended a garden you can relate to why Rabbit gets so annoyed at Tigger or why Mr. McGregor has it out for Peter Rabbit.
That we can find joy in little things that let us slow down and quite literally smell the roses
Just don't pick them yet..okay Molly?
Post planting game of hide and go seek.
To read my 10 tips on doing yard work while minding toddlers click here.
To read about ways to get your little ones involved in the kitchen click here.