More and more researchers are looking into the impact of nature on our health. Numerous studies have found that children’s social, psychological, academic and physical health is positively impacted when they have daily contact with nature. This means that you can help your children become healthier and happier just by making sure they spend time in nature.
Gardening is a great way for children to learn new skills and have fun. From growing their own plants, they can learn about the science of plants, animals, weather and the environment, and about healthy eating.
Gardening is educational and develops new skills including:
- Responsibility – from planting seeds and looking after plants
- Understanding – as they learn about cause and effect (for example, plants die without water, weeds compete with plants)
- Love of nature – a chance to learn about the outdoor environment in a safe and pleasant place
- Reasoning and discovery – learning about the science of plants, animals, weather, the environment, nutrition and simple construction
- Physical activity – doing something fun and productive
- Creativity – finding new and exciting ways to grow food
- Nutrition – learning about where fresh food comes from
Research shows that children who grow their own food are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables and to show higher levels of knowledge about nutrition. They are also more likely to continue healthy eating habits throughout their lives.