If you’re lucky enough to have access to outdoor space, you can use your garden for an endless array of purposes. From impromptu family sports days to al fresco meals, a garden gives you unlimited time in the great outdoors.
Of course, one of the best advantages of having a garden is being able to involve your kids in the gardening. As well as providing you with the manpower you’ll need to keep your garden looking great, gardening with the kids offers loads of benefits, including:
- Increased Exercise
Keeping a garden well-maintained can be hard work, which means it doubles-up as a great form of exercise. Whether younger kids are weeding the flowerbeds or older teens are cutting the grass, getting them involved in gardening will have them doing a healthy amount of exercise in no time.
- Constant Learning Opportunities
Spending time outdoors ensures kids are constantly learning, even if they don’t realise it! From identifying plants, like daffodils, willow trees or a Portuguese Laurel hedge, to discovering how their veggies are grown; gardening offers a whole host of educational benefits. What’s more – kids can boost their knowledge by researching gardening tips and scientific explanations online.
- Getting Messy
Kids seem to enjoy getting messy, no matter how much you try and stop them. However, when you’re in the garden, it’s the perfect time for them to get knee-deep in mud or splash in puddles. Keep old clothes as gardening attire or invest in some cheap waterproofs and you’ll never have to worry about them getting messy outside again.
- Extra Family Time
As kids get older, it can be tricky to encourage them to spend more time together as a family. When their schedule is filled with after-school activities, virtual hangouts and meeting up with friends, it’s not surprising that time with their parents falls by the wayside. Luckily, gardening can bring the family together and enable you to spend quality time together.
- Stay Healthy
Spending time outdoors can be great for your physical and emotional well-being. When kids have the opportunity to spend more time outdoors, you can be sure that they’re getting their daily dose of vitamin D, staying active and benefiting from being around nature. You’ll want to ensure that your kids were sunscreen to protect them from the sun’s rays but, other than this, encouraging your kids to spend more time in the garden can be an important way to maintain their health.
Enjoying Your Garden
Although the garden can be a great place to spend time together as a family, it can also be a dangerous environment. By teaching your kids about the varying gardening tools and their dangers, you can ensure that they have a healthy respect for the risks involved. You may also want to purchase child-friendly gardening equipment, so young kids can have their own set of ‘tools’. Furthermore, allocating your kids age-appropriate tasks and supervising them when you’re outdoors will ensure that they can enjoy your garden safely.