16 Benefits of Gardening in Early Childhood
Whether your garden is a pot in the kitchen, a raised planter, or a plot of land, young children will reap many benefits from what they sow. Introduce young children to this wonderful STEM experience and top it off with an adorable picture book on the subject.
Gives an opportunity to design and create a gardening space.
A socioemotional experience - children work cooperatively toward a positive outcome.
Provides a therapeutic calming effect from outdoor, fresh air activity, disconnected from electronics and the stress of life (Netherlands study).
Engages all senses - a sensorimotor experience.
Gain an understanding of where food comes from.
Leads to increased food preparation after harvest.
Encourages the consumption of fresh produce. Children who grow their own food are more likely to eat fresh fruits and vegetables.
Engages children and adults in moderate exercise and physical activity: bending, twisting, stretching, lifting, pulling, reaching. Improves fine motor skills, hand strength, and dexterity.
Learn patience, responsibility, and gain a sense of confidence.
Experience a scientific process that pays off.
Develops planning, STEM, and analytical abilities.
Introduces the sciences: life, earth, and physical sciences - botany, biology, and chemistry. Opportunity to examine the world around us: weather, temperature, insects, animals, etc.
Explores the limits of natural resources and the importance of using them carefully.
Highlights the importance of taking care of the environment.
Sunshine on the skin helps the body make Vitamin D! Vitamin D helps our bodies use calcium, keeps our bones strong, and helps us fight diseases.
Angela Russ-Ayon is a mom-preneur, children’s author, trainer on the subject of early childhood, and award-winning artist/producer of music for young children. She presents educational strategies to child care providers, parents, and teachers nationwide for AEYCs, R & Rs, and the like. She is a voting member of the Recording Academy and is the sole owner of Russ InVision Records. For more information on Angela, her workshops and accomplishments you are welcome to visit www.abridgeclub.com. © 2019, Russ InVision. All rights reserved.
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