I read a neat post on organic gardening for kids today, and want to share some of my thoughts as well as tell you about their ideas .

Organic Gardening with kids can help them to develop healthy habits.  I imagine you agree with this statement.  Let me expound

further, by sharing an excerpt from healthychild.org :

Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water-bugs, tadpoles, frogs, and mud-turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb, brooks to wade in, water-lillies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hayfields, pine-cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries, and hornets; and any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of his education.

 

Well said.  I think it’s quite important that children get the chance to convene with nature.  It will do wonders for their disposition (outlook on Life) and they can LEARN so much about their environment.  And if you will provide your kid with his or her own gardening area, not only will it encourage play and exploration but will also provide a feeling of independence.

As healthychild.org  puts it –

“One of the hardest parts about gardening with children is letting go of your perfect rows or plant spacing.”.

 KIDS LOVE STRAWBERRIES      

If you have a strawberry patch, kids as young as 2 or 3 can enjoy hunting for the berries & eating them.

One of the tips at healthychild.org suggests you get your kids their own gloves (& tools etc.), because not only can they assist you in the garden but they can also tend their own patch of garden.  And you can keep an Eye on them too (wink, wink).

Place Toys in the Garden

Put a few of your child’s favorite toys out in the garden, healthychild.org says.   They go on to say:

“A sand box is ideal for garden entertainment. Z Recommends suggests a plastic playhouse from Freecycle in their garden; however, aesthetics and ecofriendliness are to be considered before making this choice.”

I like this notion of encouraging play even more, by putting some toys out.  Why not?

Frolicking and Playing in the Mud

I just love this next notion, since I loved it SO much myself as a child.  Allow your child to play in mud, & get dirty (especially if you’ve got a bath planned later).

 

“One of the best organic gardeners and cooks I know provided this tip. Turn on a hose or sprinkler in a unplanted portion of the garden and let your children frolic in the mud”

 Make Gardening Part of Your CHild’s Routine

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Not only can kids learn about critters in the garden   (earthworms, nematodes etc.) but they will come to UNDERSTAND the 4 Food groups, over time.  Obviously not when a child is 2, but assuming the family keeps this tradition going (gardening yearly), your kid(s) will become more aware of a natural environment, and all the creatures that live outdoors.  Too many children these days do not get sunshine & fresh air.      CONTINUE READING about benefits to kids – with the article, Leave no Child Inside
Here is a video showing 2  kids truly learning & getting their feet wet – I mean, harvesting something out of the Family garden:

Edible Herbs Post:  HealthyKids in the Garden

>> Excerpts from healthychild.org

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