When you become a parent, or even before then, there are things that you might want to do with your children as they grow up. If you’ve got green fingers this might be something you wish to pass on to your children. It can be difficult to get your children interested in gardening though but here are some tips.
If you have a garden at home it can be a wonderful time to spend time with your children and especially from them being a baby. Get out in the sunshine, go outside when it snows… just get outside in the garden and show your children what there is out there. This could be anything from feeling the feeling of grass on their toes, playing in a sandpit or maybe making snowballs in the winter.
Make it fun
Children generally don’t want to take part in anything if they think it’s boring. The biggest key to getting children to do anything is to make it fun. It doesn’t have to be about the actual gardening to start with but instead you could do something nature related. Maybe make some pictures with leaves and petals from the garden or play in the mud making mudpies. This will get your children interested in the things around them and get them used to handling materials and plants.
Get them involved
It’s no good asking children to help you do the gardening if all you do is ask them to do things, much like chores. Take the kids to the shops or the garden center with you to pick out some plants or flowers. Maybe ask them what would look good in certain areas or you could also ask for ideas of other things for the garden. By getting the children involved they will think of it as their garden and not just something attached to your house.
Start a fruit or veg patch
Another way to really get your children involved in the garden is to start a fruit and veg patch. Children will be amazed at watching things grow that you can actually pick and eat yourselves. You might want to pick something easy to start with or you could choose foods that you know your children will like to eat such as strawberries.