Do you have ‘helpers’ in the kitchen? Getting kids involved with the preparation of food is a great way to introduce new, healthier foods to their diets. But it doesn’t have to stop with cooking, how about gardening with your children or grandchildren?
Building a vegetable garden is something that’s really simple and rewarding for the whole family.
Having the opportunity to learn where their food comes from children may even be more open to trying the what the food tastes like when it has been harvested.
All that digging, raking and pushing wheelbarrows can work up a sweat. Not only does gardening with children encourage them to be physically active, it also helps develop fine and gross motor skills.
It’s not just physical skills that gardening with children encourages. Children working outside together are encouraged to take turns with the range of tools provided. This means they must work as a team to reach their goal together- an essential skill in their social development.
There is a huge sense of achievement in gardening and it can be a great tool to build self-confidence. Watching plants grow from seeds and nurturing them provides children the perfect opportunity to connect with the environment.
Here are the top 5 vegetables to plant this season.