Why is gardening a good activity for a child’s development?

At Characterful, we appreciate that gardening with a child is a good activity to provide skills to help them with their development. This is why our first book started within their own garden!

Gardening with your child is a great way to get your kids outdoors. It will keep them active and fill that blank space in the garden with precious memories.

Why is gardening a good activity for a child’s development?

  • Research shows that children who are involved in gardening will grow up to be more mindful and caring toward others. Gardening teaches a child they need to be gentle, patient and attentive to their plants, in order to see them flourish.
  • Informed decisions – a child will learn what their garden needs. Whether it is more sun or water, they learn to make informed decisions about how to provide for it.
  • Sensory development – It heightens the senses by interacting with different textures – soil, seeds, flower and petals. Ask your child to use their senses by identifying different patterns and colours on the petals. They will also enjoy smelling the different fragrances from the flowers.
  • Children learn responsibility and patience when they plant a seed. They take care of it, with no visible change, until the seedling or bulb starts to grow. A child will quickly learn the importance of what they put in, they will get out.
  • They become curious and can start to ask questions – why they need soil, water and light to help make them grow? It’s a good opportunity to teach your child about the life cycle of a plant too.
  • Healthy habits – It will provide a child with knowledge to grow their own food, but also encourage them to eat vegetables. It is more exciting to eat something they have grown themselves!
  • Having more plants and trees in the world helps to filter the air that we breathe. It improves the ecosystem, providing a better habitat for insects and bees too.

Before dusting off those gardening tools, take your child along with you to choose what plants and vegetables they want to grow. They will enjoy the responsibility of choosing them, and looking after them long after they’re planted.

‘Cherish the natural world, because you’re a part of it and you depend on it’. – David Attenborough