I know that for parents to keep their young children entertained it can be a bit of a struggle, but if I were to say that there is a way not only of keeping them entertained but also of adding an educational aspect to the mix, then I think many parents would be interested. Here are some creative gardening projects with the kids that you can do at home or in the community.
Of course, let’s be realistic. None of us are going to have the kids out mowing the lawn or cutting down trees – at least not while they are young – but there are many projects that parents and young children can take on together in the garden. Here is just a sample of what we can do with kids to make gardening interesting for all.
Planters with a difference
Young children may not be especially interested at first in helping to plant flowers but an easy solution is to take something like a disused pair of rain boots or an old watering can that has been lying idle in the yard and convert it into a planter. Help the kids fill the item with potting soil and then plant whatever seeds you have. Of course, we all know how distracted the kids can become so it makes sense to choose seeds for planters that will grow quickly.
It does not make any sense to involve young children in a large-scale gardening project that even some adults might be reluctant to take on. A great tip is to take a small patch of the garden and make an herb or vegetable garden that the kids can be encouraged to work on. Fence off the small area with brightly decorated fencing and get the kids to make some fun objects that can be added to the garden for decorative purposes, such as wind chimes. All that is needed to make a wind chime is some string and some twigs or old shells from a trip to the seaside that clink together to make a sound in the wind.
Is there such a thing a child who does not like the idea of a tree house? They can be a great addition to a garden, providing an outdoor play space as well as an opportunity for parents and children to work together on a project with a practical as well as fun outcome.
For some great ideas on outdoor and garden power equipment, a website such as Pat’s Small Engine Blog showcases a great range from which to choose. Bear in mind, at all times, the importance of keeping children – and adults alike – safe when they are in proximity to power equipment and other gardening tools. Having equipment around the garden does also represent an opportunity to teach our kids the importance of maintenance for future use.
Getting the kids involved with gardening is a fun and learning experience. We get to spend time together in the outdoors and the kids learn something not only about the benefits of keeping a garden but also about personal responsibility and the rewards to be had from your own initiative.