Initially our family as a whole was hesitant about the whole ‘get dirty and plant seeds’ concept. But alas we found our groove and our children went from seeing tiny seeds to big plants to eat, smell and pick. We were hooked despite the constant hard work.
We encourage our children by setting goals and letting them know how much their effort means. There is nothing sweeter than a freshly picked blackberry from your own backyard when you know you helped make that happen. Your children will understand the fruits of their labor and patience when tending to the ground.
They see the magic in a tiny sprout we just have to add the spark. Get them outside barefoot and let them know a little dirt won’t hurt! This is how we activate the senses and learn. By being with nature and ourselves. Tending to the earth and growing something. Maybe salad isn’t their favorite food but seeing those little green trees grow and being eaten by their parents will encourage better eating choices.
When they see where food can come from we begin to establish that connection that will lead to better food choices as they grow.
If you’re curious to begin engaging your children in the world of gardening please feel free to reach out to us!