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Plant Articles for Kids - Plant life Articles for Children
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Gardening For Kids - Start Them Off Early
By Abhishek Agarwal
 
People hardly have time for nature due to the hectic life styles today. There is no time or inclination to pay attention to the environmental problems caused due to abuse of nature by humans. A good way to begin environmental education is by involving children and making them aware of nature and teaching them to respect it. One such environment friendly activity is gardening. Kids love the outdoors and involving them in gardening activities can be a good way to teach them about nature and the cycle of life. Some of the benefits that kids could derive from gardening are discussed below.
 
Science:
Children can be explained the wonders of life, like the plant's life cycle or the place of the plants in the food chain and how human beings are responsible for the protection of the environment. They can experience the miracle of life by observing the development of a seed to the fully-grown plant. This will serve as a practical instruction for the science lessons they are learning at school, thus making it a fun activity.
 
Life:
Watching a seed grow into a sapling is a satisfying experience and the kids will learn to appreciate nature and all living things. Gardening will teach the kids to treat all living things with care. It can help to generate feelings of tenderness and care as a part of the emotional development of the child. The children can learn the importance of the elements of nature that is air, water, sunlight and soil and how they are linked to the human necessities of food water and shelter. Simple gardening jobs like weeding can be used to educate the children on the philosophy of life to weed out bad influences.
 
Relaxation:
Studies have shown that gardening can have a calming effect and reduce stress. This holds true for kids as well. Gardening can be used as a therapy for abused children, and also treat children from broken homes. It has a calming effect and thus helps to build up the child's self-esteem.
 
Quality Family Time:
Gardens have a lovely ambiance and this helps to relax and unwind after a stressful day. It is a place to play with your children and bond with them. One can spend quality time with the children just by talking with them while doing the gardening chores. It is an enjoyable way to do things together as a family and get to know your child as an individual.
 
Children are the future generation, and they can be educated to take care of the environment by involving them in gardening activities and at the same time promote their development as a good human being.
 

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