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May 14th, 2012 at 5:00 am

The Lessons from Gardening with Kids

It was Earth Day just a few short weeks ago and I helped organize a project at school to plant a flower garden. It was amazing to watch the kids help to dig up the earth, plant the flowers and add mulch. As I watched I realized the things that the children were learning in addition to the actual process of planting a garden. They were learning how to care for something – the water, the mulch, the fresh soil. They were so excited to watch it grow and flower.

We have had a flower garden at our home since the boys were little. It is filled with things I have gotten from people, purchased and have been given as gifts. Every Mother’s Day I get a special thing for our garden. One year I received a statue of two frogs playing leap frog and another I received a magnolia bush that blooms around this time every year. This year I received a beautiful bird bath to attract birds and butterflies. They picked it out in honor of a family’s favorite song on Kids Place Live – Butterfly Driving a Truck! So cute…….

The boys love to help me  in the garden, whether it be weeding, spreading mulch, or transplanting flowers. The garden is a great place for them to learn about bugs, flowers, birds, and plants. We love to see the butterflies dance around and the worms in the soil. One year I purchased kid size gardening gloves and kneelers for them to use when helping me, which they loved. They look forward to the times I ask them to water and are slowly learning when to expect certain plants to flower; the tulips in the spring, the mums in the fall.

There isn’t a great place for us to plant a vegetable garden in our yard, so this year we are attempting to plant a tomato plant in a container. It has been fun to watch the plant grow from seed. I think the boys will have a great time “harvesting” and maybe will even eat some of our bounty.

There are so many lessons to be learned from gardening.

What are your favorite things to grow with your kids?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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