Looking for a great spring and summertime activity to do with your preschooler? Try gardening with your preschooler! Kids love getting outside and digging in the dirt, and by capitalizing on this interest, you can help them really connect with nature and teach them to be patient in their work.
But if you have never gardened with a child—or never gardened at all—you might be wondering how to approach this. Well, use our quick guide below to get started.
A Sunflower—or Two
This one is just so exciting for children, getting the chance to watch it grow so big and tall. And they are great for helping children get past their natural impatience since they will sprout within a week and can reach two feet tall in just a month.
This is a crop that grows relatively quickly and is easy for children to observe throughout the process. And if your child is veggie-resistant, it can be a great way to drum up excitement for eating salads at dinnertime. Your lettuce should be ready to eat in 40 to 50 days.
Cherry tomatoes are a great food for helping children learn to love fruits that aren’t so sweet as well as vegetables. Part of what makes them fun for children to grow, however, is the way they grow. You plant the seedlings near a stake and help them grow up the stakes as they mature. It is a very involved process for children and is quite the unique experience. Your cherry tomatoes should be ready to eat in 50-75 days.
Have you gardened with your child? Share your experience!