Gardening Can Improve a Child’s Fitness and Well-Being
Researchers in South Korea have found that children can reap a wide range of benefits from the high-to-moderate physical activity of digging, raking, and weeding.
Having children involved in growing vegetables improves fitness, increases the odds of eating healthier foods, rewards for planting something, and gives young people a sense of self-reliance.
The findings were published in the journal Hort Technology on January 31, 2014, in a study titled “The Metabolic Costs of Gardening Tasks in Children.” Researchers hope that the data will inform the future development of garden-based programs that help engage children in physical activity and promote healthy lifestyles.
What better way to get your kids into gardening, growing stuff? For them, it is an adventure to watch what they’ve planted and looked after – be it sweet strawberries, fast-growing radishes, endless supplies of lettuce, or tall sunflowers. Whatever they nurture, it will also grow their sense of responsibility. It will make the little people proud and happy to contribute something to the family’s dinner table.
Apart from all else, it’s a perfect parent/child activity
The planter rests on two casters so that an adult can move it around, but not the youngster.
Part of the planter is a set of metal gardening tools, a watering can, a chalkboard and several handmade ornaments.
It’s a Useful Gift
One of the best things you can do for a child is to help them discover nature, and a garden is the ideal learning ground for children of all ages. Their experience can develop into a life-long, healthy appreciation of gardening.
Children are Natural Gardeners
They’re curious, love to play in the dirt and like to learn by doing.
Working in a garden, a child can experience the satisfaction of caring for something over time while observing the cycle of life firsthand.
Gardening gives children a chance to learn valuable life skills, a subject often overlooked in a standard school curriculum. Gardening is also a great way to teach environmental awareness by exploring the workings of nature.
Kids and Gardening
- Boosts self-confidence and self-reliance
- Increases the odds of them eating healthier foods
- Improves environmental awareness
- Improvement in nutritional attitudes