April 22nd is Earth Day! But we celebrate Earth Day every day. I’m raising little hippies who love their planet. It’s the least I can do. We were blessed with a wonderful garden. The woman who lived in our house before was a genius gardener. She has this yard so well planned out, something is always blooming. So far this year the Camelia bushes bloomed, then the azaleas, and now the fig trees are blooming. It’s a colorful wonderful garden. We had a major hurricane in October and it flooded our tiny courtyard next to our side door. Since then, it’s been a mud pit. So we gave it a beautiful spring makeover using Monrovia Plants and we taught the toddler some valuable lessons during the process. Our toddler Oli’s favorite store is Lowe’s Home Improvement and Lowe’s carries the prettiest plant line from Monrovia Plants. Monrovia grows the healthiest, highest-quality plants for you to create outdoor spaces that will thrive for years to come. He selected the prettiest Orange Gerbera Daisies. I picked a pretty Everblooming Gardenia for next to my bedroom window. And we also picked up a creeping fig for this ugly plain white wall that desperately deserved a pop of color. You can check out the rest of the Monrovia Catalog here.
When we got home, was the super fun part. Oli likes to play in the dirt. He had so much fun planting the sweet sturdy flowers and he begs to go outside to water them daily.
Some of the awesome benefits for teaching your children to garden include:
Enhances Fine Motor Development
Scooping up the dirt, placing the seeds in the pots and pouring the water all take fine motor control and strength. As kids garden, they develop important motor skills that will help them improve their academic skills such as writing, cutting and typing.
Engages All the Senses
Kids learn best when engaging all their senses. With gardening, kids can touch and feel the dirt, seeds and flowers, see the vibrant colors and varied sizes of the plants, hear the sound of the vegetable when it is taken from the plant and smell the amazing scents of the flowers. Allowing all the senses to be involved helps kids understand and grasp the concept of gardening along with all the math and scientific concepts that go along with it.
Introduces Kids to Scientific Concepts
Gardening is a wonderful introduction into the world of science especially botany, biology and chemistry. When kids plant their first seeds they become curious about what will happen next. They make their own hypothesis and monitor the progress each day. Without even realizing it, kids are learning the basic steps of the scientific process. As kids get older, they learn about the impact of sunlight and water on the growth of a plant. They learn which plants need more sunlight, which need less water and how long they take to grow. Gardening offers wonderful science lessons right at home!
Fosters Family Bonding
I have so many friends that love to garden with their parents. In fact, it is often a spring tradition that carries well into adulthood. This shows what a wonderful bonding effect gardening can have. Kids and parents can work together to decide what flowers and vegetables to plant and where to plant them. Families can then work together to make meals using the vegetables they have grown.
Gardening is a great way to teach kids about responsibility. Kids learn that they have to take care of their seeds each day in order for them to become healthy plants. To help, you can make a checklist that kids can use to make sure they care for their plant every day.
Teaches the Importance of Taking Care of the Environment
When kids garden, they realize how important it is to take care of the Earth if they want their garden to grow and produce healthy plants. It creates the perfect opportunity for parents to talk to their kids about concepts such as pollution, pesticides and recycling.
There are so many more benefits found here.
We had so much fun with this weekend project partnership with Monrovia. Monrovia grows the healthiest, highest-quality plants for you to create outdoor spaces that will thrive for years to come. Their plants are nurtured with attention to every detail to ensure vibrancy and lasting beauty. Monrovia gives a wealth of important plant information on their plant tags and on their website. I signed up for their newletter to get it conveniently in my inbox, you can sign up here.