Gardening with Children on OakPlaceCourt.com
If you’re read through my website, you’ll have learned that my two beautiful daughters – Casey and Carrie – want nothing to do with digging in the earth. That’s not to say they don’t like reaping the benefits of our home garden – At least once a day I see them in there, picking some harvest for dinner or a snack. (My favorite part of growing your own food – it’s like having a stocked fridge at all times!)
What I’m trying to say is: Gardening isn’t for everyone, folks. Don’t force it.
When I was growing up, I fell in love with gardening...my siblings happened to as well. But when I would bring friends over to our house and ask them if they wanted to play in the garden and pick peas, they looked at me like I was some dirt covered alien.
I get questions all the time about how to get kids excited about gardening. There’s no real plan to get kids into gardening – either they like it and are excited about the process, or they’ll look at it as a chore, especially if you force them into it.
I learned fairly early on that Casey and Carrie weren’t interested in spending all day in the sun, picking bugs off of plants haha. (That’s not to say that I didn’t try, cause I did!) (Studies show that gardening with young children helps their development!)
Here’s some resources I’ve used at my local gardening club that I’m a part of. We hold seminars that are open to the public and trying to get kids interested in horticulture is one of our main goals. These websites are some that my team and I have referenced often:
- Welcome to KidsGardening.org – Been around since 1982!
- PBS' Best Gardening Books for Kids ...also worth reading, their guide to Gardening with Kids: How It Affects Your Child's Brain, Body and Soul
- implementing a kid-friendly garden
- Kids Gardening Tools
- Teaching Kids to Garden: Tips & Activities
- WINTER GARDENING ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS (For those of you who aren’t blessed with California weather ;)
- Gardening with Kids from Kellogg garden products
- School Garden Tool Checklist
- My First Garden - a Teacher's Guide
- Gardening for Kids with Disabilities
- Garden Projects for Kids (love love love everything listed on here!)