Wednesday, 30 May 2018

How To Educate Your Child Through Gardening?

I have to admit that I never been been a huge fan of the garden. Although my mum and dad love gardening, planting flowers or just sitting out it's never been my thing. However when I became a nursery nurse I found that a huge part of my job is outdoor play and how important it is especially with children spending more time indoors now on consoles and tablets, it’s important for them to know that enjoyment can be found outdoors, too.

Early-Years Development

For younger children, playing in the garden is a great way to develop their early-years skills. 
Messy play is a great way to improve sensory and cognitive development, whilst having fun. There is an abundance of research behind the advantages of messy play and how this unstructured form of activity can really help your child develop. This can be done in the garden with sand, water, top soil or even mud! It’s all about breaking down the usual rules that your child might face, such as being restricted to a play mat or not being too disruptive with toys. Encourage your child to draw shapes with different (child-friendly) tools and their fingers in various materials — this can help children to build up their finger and arm muscles, which is useful for when they come to hold a pen. 

There are many new textures that a child can become exposed to from spending time in the garden. They become used to handling solid objects, such as toys, and these are easy for children to learn because they don’t change shape. For example, letting your child come into contact with mud, a softer material, lets children broaden their knowledge and allows them to compare and understand new textures.

General Learning 

If you help your child with their homework, why not do it outdoors on a fine evening? Your child might have spent all day behind a desk at school doing their work and it’s nice to have a break from this when they come home. Make it easy for your child to work outdoors by purchasing a gazebo or having a table and chairs outdoors where homework can be done. 85% of teachers reported that they saw a positive impact on their pupils’ behaviour when they were taught outside. In addition to this, 92% of pupils said that they preferred their lessons to be outdoors. 

In a study between pupils who learnt indoors and those who learnt outdoors, those who were outside were found to have a better understanding of their responsibility to care for the environment.

About Healthy Eating 

Research has also discovered that children who grow their own food are more likely to eat fresh fruits and vegetables or express a preference for that food. This can be a great way to improve their diet and get them outdoors. 

Easy fruit and vegetables to grow include: strawberries, cabbage, radishes and potatoes. You can decide on the size of your patch and watch as your child runs outside to see what has grown that week.

Jobs For Little Helpers

Children often love to have some responsibility and help out in the home or garden. Give them some tasks to do daily, or even weekly, and it’s likely that they’ll start to look forward to spending time in the garden. 

One simple task to get children outdoors could be to grow a sunflower. Each day your child can head outdoors to see how their plant is growing and practise some maths skills through measuring. This can be exciting for a child, as often the sunflower will grow taller than them!  

If you are mowing the lawn or potting plants, why not get your child involved with keeping the garden tidy. Let them trim the edges of your garden, water the plants or do some weeding — it’s a nice way to spend time together, too.

Enjoying time outside is a lot easier than we think and although we as adults may not be fans of the garden or outside play it's a great way to spend time with the children. 


This is a collaborative post


  1. Brilliant! I had so much fun with my dad in our allotment sized garden and I never realised I was actually learning! I still love gardening today although it's more tomatoes and flowers now, rather than his brussels and cabbages!

  2. You can learn so much in the garden and little ones can get such a great education from it. Great post!

  3. I used to love helping my mum as a kid, it really did set me up for looking after my own garden as a grown up :)

  4. Great article, with loads of excellent points. The garden has a lot more potential in this respect than I'd realised; it's always good to hear how others make the most of resources like this.

  5. Great article.....they teach gardening at our local school.....great idea

  6. What a fab read - my son loves sensory play so sand and water is a fav in our garden. But we also use chalk on the patio to learn counting and then play hopping. Learning about bugs you find in the garden is another fav and can last hours!

  7. We love gardening, my daughter often asks to do it and is learning so much about life x

  8. this looks like so much fun I will definitely be using this to teach my step children through gardening in the warmer weather x

  9. Lots of fun ideas there. My 6 year old grandson just loves messing about in the garden with me and we have just made up some lovely little pot plants. We also have our very own snail he named 'Sammy'lol

  10. Lovely post. I will use your tips as its hard to get my kids involved


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