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Get gardening with the kids!

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After a cold winter, your garden is probably in need of some ‘pampering’ and some tender, love and care. 

 

If you have kids around, sometimes it can be challenging to get time alone to really get into it since it is so easy to spend a couple of hours tendering each section of your garden.

How about getting your kids involved in the garden too? Kids don’t mind getting their hands a little dirty, and most kids love to help out and be given their own responsibilities because it makes them feel ‘grown up’ – and there is certainly nothing wrong with that! To avoid a gardening disaster, you could pick a small patch in your garden that can be their little projects; give them a weed fork and a hand trowel, and let them wreak havoc in that little space or let them choose a selection of plant seeds they can plant on their own.

Another great activity you can do when gardening with your kids is to teach them new things about plants, and even bugs. You’ll be very surprised as to what your children find interesting. When you’re out in the garden, you can talk them through each of the plants, why you chose them, what they do, and if they have any unique traits. Kids find learning fascinating – they will often want to draw pictures and write their newfound knowledge on paper. You could also get them a plant log where they can draw and doodle whilst you are gardening.

After spending a few hours gardening, you can move on and try a few things to keep them entertained – such as taking them to the gardening center. Let them to pick their own seeds, flowers or vegetables to plant. You could spend hours walking around, letting them see and feel all the different types of plants before you decide which ones to take home.

If you are an avid gardener, why not make this a fortnightly or monthly tradition and allow them to pick one new plant each time you go until their little plot is full? You can give them a quick lesson by teaching them how to do the basics of nurturing plants and flowers: to water them, keep them healthy and alive. This is a great way to educate them to be responsible and look after their own belongings.

 

You should get them involved in local community projects too. Once your kids start to show interest in gardening, take them along to a local community garden project and they can help planting and de-weeding. It’ll help them learn new skills, get some fresh air and make new friends, too.

 

Gardening is a great activity to get your kids involved, it is even better if you start to get them involved at a young age so that they start practicing their motor skills. To start off, you need are some appropriate gardening outfits to get started, and make sure they get a good wipe down / clean up after.

 

Gardening can be a very therapeutic activity, and really good for people of all ages and conditions. Using your hands constantly is key to gardening, so it is a good idea to treat your hands to a little pampering as well. Gardening is obviously a messy job even if you are wearing gloves, so you will find that you’ll be washing your hands a lot more. If you don’t dry your hands properly, they can become quite dry and sore. Look after them by treating your hands to a hand sheet mask once a week (if you’re a regular gardener) or after you’ve done an intense session of gardening, and this will make sure your hands are soft and smooth. Your hands go through a lot of work on a daily basis and using a hand sheet mask will definitely ensure that you always have youthful-looking hands. 

Do you have any tips and tricks when it comes to gardening? Have fun gardening and share your photos to We Love Wipes if you get the chance to tend your garden in the next few weeks.

 

 

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We are planting our garden.
Tue April 4 2017
yes
Mon April 3 2017
I don't have a green thumb anything would help
Mon April 3 2017
I agree gardening is a great way to relax, and getting the children involved it makes them understand how food is grown, and how important flowers can be, thanks.
Sun April 2 2017
This is what I have in mind for my grandchildren this spring.
Sun April 2 2017
Gardening with the kids is too fun and so educational. The rewards of them getting to eat what they grew for seeds is priceless. I like giving them the choice of their seeds and container gardening is great. I like them to have some items that grow quickly and some for later on.
Sun April 2 2017
I agree with you that gardening is a very therapeutic activity, and definitely love to garden with the children, passing on my grandmother's love of gardening to the newest generation. I also like your ideas of taking the kids to community garden projects....excellent idea. Thank you.
Sun April 2 2017
I have my grandchildren garden with me. They enjoy helping.
Sat April 1 2017
Don't have a green thumb and must rely a great deal on mother nature.
Thu March 30 2017
I can't wait to try gardening with my grandkids. Great tips!
Thu March 30 2017
This has given me a lot of inspiration and I'll be sure to use some of these tips with my son! ;-)
Wed March 29 2017
Love planting flowers and a garden with my kids. We always have so much fun!
Wed March 29 2017
My daughters and I love gardening together. Thanks for the tips!
Mon March 27 2017
My tip is to plan early in the year what type of plants you are going to plant this season.
Mon March 27 2017
With my granddaughter by my side, I planted some sunflower seeds. We waited patiently for them to come up. We checked every time my granddaughter paid me a visit to see what was happening with the seeds. Unfortunately our seeds never bloomed. The next year we tried to carrots which we did harvest.
Sun March 26 2017
My granddaughter and I planted some carrot seeds. She was thrilled to watch them grow. We waited for fall to come so that we could dig them up.
Sun March 26 2017
kids grow faster than weeds!!!
Sat March 25 2017
This is a Great activity. Will be loved by all.
Fri March 24 2017
I love gardening; especially when my grandkids get involved.
Thu March 23 2017
And it can even be done in planters on a balcony !
Thu March 23 2017