Brady Start Children in the Garden Early

Start Children in the Garden Early

Sharing a love for gardening with a child has many benefits. Time spent working in a garden can be an enjoyable and healthy way to connect with children of all ages. Including children in the garden provides them with skills they can practice for the rest of their lives. It also promotes mental and physical health for everyone involved.

Gardening is Good for Little Bodies

This spring and summer, encourage the kids to get down and dirty. And don’t be afraid to get dirty with them! There are many benefits for children who spend time outside and in the garden. First off, gardening and spending time outside encourage the growth of lifelong skills. Studies have shown that gardening teaches patience, decreases anxiety, and provides better moods in children. Look at this 2004 study published in the American Journal of Public Health. The study found that simply being outdoors in a natural setting may reduce ADHD symptoms in children. 

Gardening also offers numerous physical health benefits for children, fostering their overall well-being in various ways. Firstly, engaging in gardening activities like digging, planting, and weeding requires physical exertion. This promotes strength, endurance, and coordination development. This physical activity also helps combat sedentary behaviors, reducing the risk of obesity and related health issues. Being outdoors also exposes children to sunlight, getting them the vitamin D essential for bone health and immune function. Fresh air also improves circulation and can help lower blood pressure. Moreover, gardening provides opportunities for sensory experiences, encouraging children to touch, smell, and taste different plants, thereby enhancing their sensory development.

Little Hands Can Be a Big Help

There are numerous tasks that children can help with outside. Younger children love to take on “grown-up” responsibilities around the house and in the garden. Older children tend to be more independent and can share in household responsibilities which the garden offers. Not only can kids help harvest the season’s produce, but they can also help with necessary outdoor chores. Children can rake leaves, pull weeds, water flowers, plant bulbs, and help build a raised bed for next spring. Tending to a garden instills a sense of responsibility and accomplishment in children as they witness the fruits of their labor. It also fosters positive self-esteem and mental well-being. Most importantly, your children will have a good and fruitful time with the family.

Not a Gardener? That’s Okay!

If gardening is something you’re unfamiliar with, embrace it and learn alongside the kids! Plus, Brady Nursery is here to help you every step of the way. Gardening is a great family activity where Mom and Dad can be at an equivalent skill and knowledge level as the kids. This makes it less intimidating for the young and a learning experience for everyone. Even if the outcome is not quite as bountiful as expected, good times will be shared by the entire family. Bonus: everyone involved will learn something useful to them in the future! 

Brady Nursery Understands Family

Being a family-operated business, Brady Nursery understands the importance of gardening with family. Joe and Catherine Brady opened Brady Nursery in 1952, making Brady Nursery one of Wichita’s oldest nursery and landscaping businesses. We offer our customers unique benefits and perspectives. Brady Nursery’s quality and expertise can’t be found at chain stores or big retail outlets with so-called “Garden Centers” within them. We are proud to provide customers with superior quality, service, advice, and value. Stop by the store today and let us help you get your family garden started!