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There are so many reasons to teach your kids to garden this spring. Gardening is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate to your children some amazing life lessons and skills. We made a stop at Home Depot for some plants and a Weed Zinger and got outside with all six kids to work in the yard.
My kids are normal kids. They love their kindles and electronic game systems, movies, and tv shows as much as any other kid. They can easily spend hours a day sitting on their butts, staring at screens and expecting constant entertainment and instant downloads.
I am totally okay with them using electronics both for learning and entertainment. It is more than likely that their generation will see some serious advances in technology that will blow my mind in the future.
But, I also know, that while they stare at screens the world could be passing by and life skills and valuable lessons need to be learned from the outside world and hard work.
As parents, we are taking initiative to showing our children by hands on examples both watching us and doing it themselves.
We are purposely spending time outdoors working in the garden and yard and letting the kids get completely muddy in the process!
The reasons to teach your kids to garden this spring not only give them life lessons and skills, but it is an awesome opportunity to spend time together as a family. These are the lessons they can learn.
It’s Fun to Work!
Digging in the dirt, using your hands and tools can be a lot of fun! Work doesn’t always mean boring and frustrating.
I encourage the kids to explore the textures of the dirt, look for worms in the soil, smell the flowers, and splash in the water as we work.
Who cares if we get dirty?! We turn on the sprinklers at the end of the day and let them splash the mud away.
It’s not as hard as you think to Work!
Kids associate chores as being hard and to time consuming. We totally squashed those thoughts when it comes to weeding the garden!
We purchased a Weed Zinger from Home Depot to make weeding a cinch!
No bending over or getting on your hands and knees is necessary with the Weed Zinger!
The soil was soft and moist from a rain the day before, so the kids were able to easily use the Weed Zinger to help me pull up weeds from the roots out of our garden beds.
The Weed Zinger grabs the weed by the root with a twist of the knob on the top. The kids loved launching the weed with the release button.
The only problem we had was that there was just one Weed Zinger the we had to wait our turn to use it!
It’s Rewarding to Work!
Gardening is not instant results. It takes time to see the fruits of your labor.
We have been checking on our little garden daily to see how our plants are growing. The kids get so excited when they see everything growing!
I know they can’t wait to pick blueberries from our bushes and help me harvest herbs and veggies from our plants. It will be a huge reward for them when they are able to to eat the fruits of their hard work.
Getting the kids in the garden this Spring has shown results in their newfound appreciation for plants and desire to help with weeding and watering.
We have started small this year with just a few herbs, veggies, and berry bushes. I think by next year we will be able to expand our garden even larger and allow the kids to pick out their favorite veggies to grow.
I am looking forward to using all of my fresh herbs in my recipes! Look for new recipes with basil, mint, and cilantro coming soon!
I hope you are inspired to get in the garden with your children!