Gardening with toddlers

Gardening with toddlers

Where does our food come from? We can help our kids explore this question and have fun by planting a garden.

Help your child learn where food comes from by planting a garden. Even a little patch of dirt outside can turn into his "farm." If it's winter or you live in a city, make an indoor garden on a counter near the window.

Planting the seed

Plant radishes, bush beans, and lettuce: They all grow quickly, so your child will be able to see the fruits of his labor in short order. Help your child plant, water and harvest his crops. Be sure to celebrate when you're done! If you can, take your child to visit a real farm to watch the planting or the harvest.

An opportunity to learn

All of this teaches your child about consistent care and gives him responsibility, both of which are more important than the actual crops themselves. Don't expect too much from him at this age though – he’ll need all the help he can get!

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Love to Garden

07/09/2015

We live in the country, have a big garden and my 3yr old son loves to dig and help put weeds in a pile as I pull them he loves to see the veggies growing, especially broccoli, he loves broccoli! Teaching him already about growing food and farming.

Great idea

AUJenn 06/13/2015

We have planted flowers in a pot and he waters them every morning and we are watching them grow but I love the idea of planting something that he could grow and then get to eat! We may just have to scrape us up an area in the backyard and make a little garden!

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