If your home has space for a flower garden, it can be an addition that soothes the mind, body, and soul. Flowers smell good, look beautiful, and can be fun to grow. Including your child in growing a flower garden can be a great way to connect with them and have fun together. Gardening also provides children with a number of benefits. Some are obvious while others are more subtle. So when you’re planning your flower garden for the year, make sure you include them so that they can reap benefits that include the following.
Gets Them More Involved in the Home
As children get older, they should feel a strong attachment to their home and family. One way to do this is to include them in tasks around the house and garden. However, these things don’t need to feel like chores in order to be helpful. Planting flowers with a parent gets the children outside and having fun in the dirt. Later, once the plants have blossomed, they will be able to see the exciting results and connect them back to the work that they did.
This involvement doesn’t have to stop at just the flowers. You can also include your child in DIY activities surrounding the garden. You might build a fence and have them help paint it. Depending on the color and type of paint, one gallon can cover twenty-five to forty-four square feet of space, meaning you don’t need to spend much money to create a beautiful fence for your garden.
Connects Them With the Earth
While technology can be great, it is important that children are also connected with nature. If they help you in the garden, they’ll be surrounded by nature. They’ll have their hands in the dirt and be learning about the different life cycles of nature. Not only is this useful knowledge, but it can be calming and grounding for children who might be anxious.
They Try New Things
The average landscaping project takes one to four weeks to complete. However, planting a simple flower garden is much quicker. So whether you’re doing it as part of a landscaping project or on its own, growing flowers can be a great way to get your child to try something new. If they’ve never worked in a yard or sowed plants, they might find that they love it.
Apply Concepts They Learn in School
Sometimes the things children learn in school seem completely separate from the things they do at home. Working in the garden can help them connect these things together in inspiring ways. Parents can show them how to use math to calculate the distance between plants. Or maybe they’ve gone over the water cycle or the life cycle of a seed and can now experience it in real-time. There are many different academic concepts that can be observed in the garden, sparking a deeper interest in learning.
Have Flowers Year Round
Every year, 1.9 billion dollars are spent on flowers around Mother’s Day. While these flowers are beautiful, they’re gone quickly. However, if you and your child grow a flower garden together, you can potentially have gorgeous flowers all year. You can grow flowers that bloom best at certain temperatures, then cut or dry flowers to enjoy them through the winter. The flower garden will be a beautiful, living reminder of the connection that you and your child share.
There’s no need to make things complicated if you want to plant a flower garden with your child. Start with a small area and plant flowers that you both enjoy and that are easy to grow. Once things start blooming, you might find that it is a fun, healthy way for the two of you to connect with each other.