Children are naturally curious. They are creative, and they do not mind getting dirty. These three ingredients make a great recipe for a good beginning gardener.

When a child works in a garden full of plants they helped plant, he has ownership. That ownership gives him a wonderful sense of accomplishment. He cannot wait to show off his vegetables or flowers to the neighbors or his grandparents.

He is sharpening his tools like responsibility, teamwork, and diligence. Academics also come into play by working in a garden. Your child can learn about various plants…the parts of the plant, when to plant and harvest, how to keep pests off the plant, good use of water in the garden… You can have him count rows, alphabetize the plants, estimate how much fruit or vegetables a particular plant will produce, chart the garden on a graph, measure and plot growth on a chart, and so much more.

Have fun in the garden, but don’t forget the sunscreen!

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