Wednesday, 10 April 2013

G is for ..........................Gardens



Gardens are a great place to learn, from planting flowers and vegetables, to aiding physical development through play!

Our daughter loves our garden. It is a place for her to feel free and explore with no inhibitions. From the first time we placed her out in our old garden, she began to use her senses to explore the world around her. The wind blowing the trees and the birds singing to listen to, the feel of the grass and flower petals within her reach and the smells of the garden around her (not to mention the odd taste of soil or leaves if Mummy didn't see!)

It doesn't matter if you do not have a garden of your own these days either. Many local councils are realising the benefits of having sensory gardens for everyone to enjoy meaning that more and more children can have access to a garden area. Of course, parks are just as good for exploring nature too!

Gardening can also help children in a wide range of ways:

1. Teaching responsibility - when caring for plants

2. How plants grow and the different parts of the plant

3. Self confidence - showing pride in what they have grown by themselves

4. Building a love of nature - by understanding a little about how it works

5. Physical activity - by encouraging children to use their muscles to dig etc

6. Learning to be safe - by understanding how to use tools correctly

7. Learning about life cycles - how things grow and then die eventually

8.  Beginning to learn the names of plants

It is amazing just how much can be learnt by spending time in the garden! With spring finally making its appearance, now is the time to get out there and begin enjoying the garden with your child. We have recently created a special area for our child to grow something she would like. We have a raised bed, big enough for her to reach so that she can help. She has chosen to grow carrots and strawberries, so watch this space!

1 comment:

  1. You're so right! Being outside is so important for children