Growing plants at home is an extremely rewarding experience that benefits your children in multiple ways. From developing their reasoning abilities to promoting healthy eating and reducing stress, tending plants gives children the chance to establish positive habits they can carry with them into adulthood.
You don’t have to have access to a garden or an orchard to help your children enjoy the benefits of growing plants. A pot, seeds, and a sunny windowsill or patio are all you need to get started.
Boosts Their Confidence
Growing and tending a plan will strengthen the self-esteem of your children. We all understand intuitively that making something grow is no easy task, and children are pleasantly surprised to discover that they are able to do it. Additionally, they may think of growing plants as an adult activity, so partaking in it increases their sense of competence.
Develops STEM Abilities
Most people associate STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) exclusively with math. Actually, the base of STEM is observation and scientific thought. Growing a plant offers an ideal opportunity to develop your children’s logical thinking and observation skills. Paying attention to details, crafting hypothesis and developing solutions come naturally when children grow plants, and all those abilities are essential to develop a strong STEM frame of mind.
Helps Them Relax
There are few activities as relaxing as gardening and growing plants. When your children grow a plant, their attention is focused on the task at hand, taking their mind off other worries. In general, interacting with plants has a calming effect. A 2011 study found that the levels of stress significantly decreased in participants who gardened after fulfilling a stressful task. It’s never too early to teach your children how to manage stress, and growing plant is an excellent alternative to do so.
Encourages Them to Eat Healthier
Tending a plant helps your children understand the work involved in growing the vegetables and fruits they see every day. By gaining familiarity with the cultivation process, they are more likely to appreciate it and more open to eat healthier. For example, a 2014 study determined that school gardening programs can increase children’s preferences for fruit and vegetables. Moreover, when growing plants at home, children get the added benefit of interacting with their parents and siblings.