Introducing Little Ones to Gardening
Last year while we were living in the rv we didn't have much of a garden, although I did plant a few container vegetables to at least have something green growing in our space. This year we have a huge garden that is healthy and growing right out back behind our farmhouse.
I thought this year would also be a good year to start introducing our oldest to gardening. Of course, he's only 2 so there is only so much he can do and understand right now. But I'm constantly amazed at how much he understands when we work on teaching him life skills and how much he picks up on so fast.
So today I thought I would share some of the little things I've been doing with Farmer Boy to introduce him to the joy of gardening. I hope that you can use some of these ideas with your own family and please share your tips to introducing little ones in the comments as well!
Get Them Their Own Tools
We found some little kid sized garden tools for Farmer Boy online here. I like this set because it's made from real wood and metal instead of plastic. I've also seen larger sets that have kid sized shovels and rakes for sale at the local hardware store. Those would be good for before the garden is planted but we skipped them because I was a little worried about Farmer Boy digging up plants with them instead of just dirt.
Let Them Feel Important When Picking
Farmer Boy likes to pick veggies and put them in my garden tubs but I also gave him his own little bucket to pick with as well. This gives us the chance to pick together so I can show him to different colors and what is ready to pick and what is not. This is a great way to teach preschoolers their colors!
Wash Produce Together
When we are ready to use our produce, our little guy loves helping wash everything! This could be done outside if you wash your produce before you bring it in the house too, you know a mess is going to be made but it's a great way to cool down!
Let Them Enjoy a Mid-Pick Snack
What fun would a garden be if you didn't take a break to munch on some sugar snap peas mid-pick? Since we don't use chemicals on our plants, it's ok for us to have a little snack in the garden from what we are picking. It also helps show Farmer Boy that we aren't just doing work but this is food we can and are going to eat!
Make Crafts for the Garden Space
There are so many fun crafts that you can do together to spruce up the garden and your little one will love seeing their projects in that important place. Try things like homemade stepping stones or homemade bird feeders.
There are so many fun things that you can do together in the garden that will help your little one learn at the same time! We are having a great summer already and I know that Farmer Boy is learning a lot. These are skills that he can use his entire life and I'm glad for the chance to get to teach him these things and teach him to love them so early in life!
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What are some ways you can introduce your little ones to gardening? How do they help you in the garden?
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