Some parents might find that it is better to keep their children off from the soil. However, the best introduction of gardening to your children starts within using actual plants. Planting seeds at small pots or drawing plants with the real plants. How do you draw with real plants? Guide your children to follow the line shape of the plants, or leaf on top of blank paper. They can have various templates like palm leaf, mulberry leaf and so on. Take them on tour outside and do leaf rubbing. This helps them to collect various sizes, texture of each plant. They can also put the flowers between paper towels or tissue paper to make pressed flower bookmarks. A small palm leaf should be flat and dry in a few days when you have placed them between the books.
Children who start gardening from an early age can practice their locomotor skills, body management and object control skills in the garden. It is a great combination of skills and tasks as for their development. As they move here and there in the garden, they move using muscles to balance and manage objects. Do outdoor gardening. Besides having the chance to breathe in fresh air, they can move around to get exercise. Grabbing and feeling the texture of soil also helps their motoric skills. Watering the plants needs extra caution. It is either to be a war of water like they usually do or having their balance in watering practice.
Gardening with children helps strengthen the togetherness time with you as parents. This can be a memory from your garden as they learn the lifelong love of growing things. Besides, it can increase children's environmental awareness. A garden can be a wondrous place for children to come up with solutions over challenges they never experience before. Children also start to tune in their attention to what is around the garden like watching bugs or counting flower petals. As children learn gardening, they start to nurture love and effort into things. If what they have planted doesn’t come up as they wanted, they learn to understand that thing never goes out as they always wanted. Some flowers don't bloom easily as they have been pictured in the magazine. There they have to realize that to keep up with things isn't easy yet the process is all that matters.