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Gardening For Kids - Fun In The Backyard

Apr 7, 2008
Nature- not quite the cherished topic it used to be. It seems like less and less people actually take the time to learn about and admire the nature that surrounds us. It is a sad thing to know that people still do not care about our world's environmental problems. What can we do about this? It's as easy as beginning with the children. It is wonderful to see children's involvement with environment-friendly activities. One such nature-loving activity that children could do is gardening. Why should you think about gardening for your children?

Here are some benefits that gardening could easily provide children with:

1. Relaxation
Studies show that gardening can reduce stress because of its relaxing effect. This is applicable to any age group. Even more so, it recharges all the five senses. Believe it or not, gardening may be used as therapy to children who have been abused or those who come from broken homes. It helps build one's self-esteem.

2. Quality Time with the Family
You can forget about your stressful work life for a while and be soothed by the lovely atmosphere in the garden. You can play and spend quality time with your children. You can chat while watering the plants or you can work quietly next to each other. The bottom line is, always do what you have to do, together with your kids. You might discover a lot of new things about your child while interacting with them in your garden.

3. Science
In planting, children are indirectly taught the miracles of science like the plant's life cycle and how human's intervention can break or make the environment. They can have a first hand experience on the wonder of life through a seed. This would really be a new and enjoyable experience for the kids.

4. Life
Watching a seed grow into a tree is just as amazing as the conception to birth and growth of a child. Given time, kids will learn to love their plants and appreciate the life in them. Gardening could help simulate how life should be treated -- it should be with tender loving care. The necessities to live will be taught to kids with the help of gardening - water, sunlight, air, and soil. Those necessities could easily be compared to human necessities, i.e., water, shelter, air, and food. By simply weeding out, one could teach how bad influences should be avoided to be able to live life smoothly.

Let kids become knowledgeable of their environment's needs. One way to jumpstart that environmental education can be through gardening. It's hitting two birds with one stone -- teach them to respect life while you become closer with them.
About the Author
Kevin Rockwell, a gardening enthusiast, writes and publishes articles on various aspects of gardening and landscaping. He manages a webstore for people wishing to find affordable garden decor and outdoor accessories online.
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