The little ones are curious, like to learn by doing, and love to play in the dirt. Gardening brings learning alive! The experience itself is rewarding for children – watching the seeds they have sown, sometimes more in hope than expectation, push up through the soil and grow into beautiful flowers or vegetables that they can pick and eat.
Working in a garden, a child can experience the satisfaction that comes from caring for something over time, while observing the cycle of life firsthand. It is also a great way to teach environmental awareness by exploring the workings of nature.
Not only does gardening provide opportunities for increasing scientific knowledge and understanding, it improves children’s confidence, resilience and self-esteem. It gives them a sense of responsibility, and fosters positive behaviour, particularly for those with behavioural and learning difficulties.