Gardening together is an excellent way to teach children.
Gardeners need to have good management skills in order to have a garden that is productive, so it is something that children will learn naturally when working side by side with their parents.
Make planting easy for the kids
A simple grid for planting can be made from pieces of PVC, PVC corners, and wire; all are readily available at hardware stores. Saw the PVC into 30cm lengths, and use a 3/8 inch drill bit for making holes in the PVC for the wires to go through. Mark the PVC pieces at 7.6cm, 15.2cm, and 22.8cms, then drill holes through the PVC at the marks. Assemble the PVC into a square using the corners, then insert wire through the holes in the PVC. Now you have a planting grid!
You can set your child to planting seeds for small plants, such as radishes, carrots, and beets, or onion sets using the grid while you are nearby doing some garden maintenance or other planting. This is not only a way to teach a kid how to plant, but also encourages him to want to do garden maintenance himself, to see his work come to fruition. And she will probably enjoy eating vegetables as a side benefit!
Maintaining a garden is a good way to teach children how to take care of their things. When a child plants quick sprouting and growing plants like radishes and onions, they become interested in what they have done.
Impressing upon her that a garden needs taking care of through watering and weeding, will help her get in the habit of taking care of something.
That lesson can be carried through to taking care of toys for a young child or even a pet for an older child.
Buying a watering can and small gardening tools and spending time together out in the garden is an excellent method of how to teach a kid to take care of his own things. He can weed and water the patches he planted while you weed and water the larger garden.
Bringing the lesson inside
For tools to last, gardeners need to clean them and put them away. Kids learn by example, so end your gardening time by showing your kid how to clean and stow her tools while you clean yours.
Make it a fun time together and she will learn naturally at your side.
Use the same approach about toys and games. While you gather up laundry, she can be picking up her toys. Teaching her to check to see if the toys are dirty or damaged, then taking the appropriate steps to clean or repair them, is a way to teach her good management skills in regards to her possessions.
Of course, Mum or Dad will have to do the repairs or replacement for a young child, but you are working on building skills that she will use for a lifetime.
Do you garden with your little one? What is their favourite thing to plant? Please SHARE in the comments below.
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