It may not feel like it at the moment, but spring is right around the corner! Have you thought about teaching your child how to plants seeds and tend to them as they sprout and become plants? Now is the perfect time to get started! You can start with planting and sprouting seeds indoors, and when the weather gets warmer, the sprouted plants can be transplanted into an outdoor garden. Children love to learn new things, and planting flowers, fruits, and vegetables are no exception!
In our society today, most people do not have a direct connection to the flowers they buy or to the fruits and vegetables they buy and eat. One of the greatest lessons a child can be taught is how to plant something and watch it grow from a tiny seed to a beautiful blooming plant! If you teach your child how to grow fruits and veggies, how amazing will it be for your child and the entire family to enjoy eating what has been grown – your child will have a huge appreciation for food that you can’t teach children when shopping at the grocery store. It’s also a great way to get your child to eat more fruits and veggies. He or she will be more likely to want to eat what they grew with their very own hands!
Where to Start?
First discuss with your child what gardening means. We recommend renting some books from your local library on gardening and planting so your child can learn what the process entails. Then decide what he or she and you would like to grow. We suggest choosing 2-3 different kinds of seeds.
Have your child compare the differences in the seeds before planting them. Plant the seeds in different potting soil pots, one kind of seed per pot. Make sure the pots are placed where sunlight is in abundance to help with growth. Have discussions with your child about what he or she thinks the seeds will look like when sprouted and how they will be different from each other. Children love thought-provoking questions that will keep them engaged and excited, with their imaginations running wild.
Create a chart for your child to keep track of the changes starting when the seed was planted in the pot to how the sprouted plant is progressing week to week, or every couple of weeks. Your child can take notes on the chart and draw pictures of what the plant looks like each time it’s studied. Provide a tape measure and/or ruler for your child to measure the length of the plant growth as well.
Once the weather is warmer, and depending on what you and your child have decided to grow, it may be possible to transplant your indoor garden to an outdoor garden. Make sure to pick out more books from the library on transplanting plants to ensure a safe move for your plants and for them to continue successfully growing and blooming. Happy planting and gardening!