Gardening With Kids

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Gardening with your children is a great way to teach them about science, art, money, and the environment.

Make Your Own Compost

When my children were little, we began composting our table scraps.  After meals, we’d take our scraps out to the compost “bin” to be added to the rest of the pile.

Our “bin” was really a plastic trash can with the lid bolted on top.  We’d un-bolt the lid, add the scraps to the rest of the pile, and screw the bolts which tightened the lid.

I’d push the can over and the kids would roll the can around a few times to mix the scraps together.  This really worked and helped to speed up the compost process.

Design A Garden

Designing a garden is a great way to teach children about art concepts like color, shape, and balance.  Right now, we are designing a flower garden that will blend in with the colors of our house.  I’ve decided to design the flower bed using “cool colors” as our house is blue.  Of course, this meant discussing the difference between cool and warm colors with my children.  We also looked up a color wheel online to see what colors would compliment our existing colors.

Tomorrow, we’ll take a trip to the local nursery to learn about the different kinds of plants which will grow well in the area we’ve picked out.  We need plants that will like a lot of sun!

Stretch That Budget

Another great part about gardening is that you can teach your children about the benefits of being frugal.  For example, you can save a lot of money by planting seeds instead of purchasing plants.  If you purchase perennial plants or seeds for perennial plants, you can save even more money because (hopefully) your plants should grow again the following year.

Look for sales to help you stretch your budget further.  Many different communities and organizations sponsor plant swaps.  This is a great way to save money, get some new plants and have some fun at the same time.

Some communities collect yard waste and make their own mulch which is usually free.  The only catch is that you must go to the mulch site and you must load and transport the mulch yourself.  Our community has such a site, which is really great! 

Do you garden with your children? What lessons have they learned from your gardening experiences?

Comments

Mike says:

HI! Kids can learn SO MUCH from gardening. Even “just the food” part is valuable, but it can mean so much more. A feeling of connection to the EARTH is a HUGE thing!

Erika sent us a great story about teaching her children to value LEARNING through gardening. Great video, check it out here:
ahamoment.com/pg/moments/view/2265

Hope you like it!
Cheers.
-Mike
mike@ahamoment.com / Mutual of Omaha

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