Do you like to see your children working in the garden? I am asking this because some people I meet these days do not prefer this! As per their idea, if children play outdoors or do some gardening, they become dirty and have chances of getting infected. They also worry that they may become too tired and so will go to bed without doing their homework or other studies. The sad thing is they are not aware about the benefits of gardening for their children. They also don’t know that garden and nature is the best place for learning knowledge! Here I would like to share one blog that I found recently. And the article beautifully explains about the advantages of gardening. Have a look…
“Gardening with kids can be fun, educational and refreshing; but did you know that it is also full of sensory benefits. Whether your child has difficulty with sensory processing or not; all children can benefit from sensory play. From birth, children learn about their world using their senses. As children grow and develop, sensory experiences help them make connections and make sense of the world around them.
“Heavy work” is a common part of gardening. Did you know that just by carrying that bag of dirt with you, your child is getting a sensory benefit? Of course, you want to watch and monitor your children carefully and only give them weight they can handle, but the possibilities are endless.
Ways to encourage Proprioceptive Input:
Help push the wheelbarrow
Help carry away large sticks
Carry pots and bags of dirt from one garden bed to another
Pulling a trash can
Digging in deep holes
The garden has endless opportunities for hands-on experiences to foster learning and encourage children to process their world through touching, feeling, comparing, and observing.
Ways to Encourage Tactile Input:
Feeling and rubbing a variety of plant parts
Scooping and pouring dirt
Planting seeds to encourage fine motor development
Squeezing, sifting and rubbing dirt
Creating mud with dirt and water
Writing in the dirt with their fingers
Harvesting vegetables and fruit
Picking the flowers
Please do contact us to know why it may probably be better to get your children outdoors than keeping them inside studying from computers! This is, if you are truly interested in making your children balanced enough to handle the future and be balanced citizens of tomorrow. Best wishes.