It’s National Screen Free Week and one thing you can replace screen time with is a garden! Gardens are a great way to connect with your children, have fresh food or flowers, build memories and connect with nature. We were talking here at Kolcraft about gardens. Some of us have great memories of picking tomatoes with dad and how excited he would get over the “big ones” or going to grandma’s to pick fresh strawberries or the joy on our children’s faces when the seeds begin to bloom and poke through the earth. Here are some gardening ideas our Kolcraft co-workers shared with us.
5 ideas for starting a garden:
- Simple – Start simple with easy staple vegetables like carrots or lettuce. If a garden seems overwhelming, start a garden in a pot or a window box.
- Senses – Plant herbs which are easy to harvest and have strong scents so your children can engage all 5 senses!
- Surprise – Throw in a surprise flower seed among the plants so when it grows your children will be surprised to see an unexpected flower pop up.
- Sing – Use gardening as a chance to sooth and sing to your kids while you plant or weed. It’s a fun time to learn songs together.
- Sharp – Sharpen your children’s skills as they learn the craft of gardening – patience, consistency, responsibility – weeding and daily care of the garden will foster these values.
What tips do you have for gardening with children?