Planting a garden reaps many more blessings than just food; there are so many benefits from a garden, especially if children are involved!
Planting the seeds and watching them grow give kids a sense of purpose and responsibility. Studies show that when children have contact with soil during activities like digging and planting, they have improved moods, better learning experiences and decreased anxiety.
From Michigan State University- “Of course, most gardens are a visual explosion of colors, tones, and shades. If you plant edible plants, this is one of the few areas where you can actually safely employ your child’s sense of taste. Children are often more willing to try a new food if they have been involved in the process of growing it.
Literacy skills can be part of gardening, too. Learning the names of different plants and reading what their growth requirements are on the seed or plant packages is a literacy activity. Another reading/writing activity could be making a map of your garden or your yard and labeling the plants in it. A map of the area that you plant can be really helpful when those seeds start to sprout and you are not sure which one is a weed and which is the vegetable or flower you planted!”
Week 1 of our enrichment program at Pumpkin Creek Academy finds us out in the garden. We will plant a 4×4 raised garden with vegetables that grow during the fall of the year. Every week, the children will water and nurture the small plants. By the time our program is over in November, the children can harvest and eat what they grew!