Outside play for children is vital. It enables them to enjoy their natural environment which provides them with exercise, fresh air and develops their gross motor skills. Children need to run, climb, shout, jump, release pent-up energy, hide, explore and have imaginary adventures!
A vegetable patch will teach your child ownership, responsibility and how to care for plants. Plant your vegetable patch with your child. Pick a sunny location with good soil. Discuss where it will be, what vegetables will be planted and how your child will care for the plants.
Vegetable the patch
You will need:
- Small spade
Plant vegetables seeds that are easy for your child to grow and pick.
Recommended vegetables: Lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, carrots or mielies, beans
Recommended herbs: Rosemary, origami, basil, Italian parsley or chives.
For the garden:
Recommended flower seeds for easy growing in your garden: nastuim, marigold, foxgloves, and sunflowers are rewarding for children.
Buy packets of mixed flower seeds from your local supermarket. They grow quickly and look spectacular!
Visit a nursery with your child and choose colourful seedlings that you can plant together in the garden.
Moisten the soil with water, lift the soil and mix with compost. With a small spade dig small pockets. Let your child sprinkle the seeds in the pockets.
Cover the pockets gently with soil and water. Don’t forget to use safe gardening tools.
Water daily with your child and share in their delight watching the seeds grow!
“Children learn best through their everyday experiences with the people they love “