Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    FAQ    Contact    HubGarden    Login

Grow kids in the garden

by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in SA, dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full time.
Children's Health (52)      Healthy Parenting (27)      Spring Competition (8)      Exercise and Fitness (2)     
Spring is here – hurrah!

It’s time to come out of hibernation and feel the sun on our skin. This is also the best time of the year to encourage young children outdoors. The weather is great but not too hot and the garden is beginning to show signs of renewal. While snuggling up indoors in winter is nice, spring is the time to get those little bodies moving, breathing the fresh air again and soaking up some vitamin D.



Girl with Flowers in Garden
Image courtesy of chrisroll/freedigitalphotos.net


What better time to begin their education in the ways of Mother Nature? There are a number of activities we can do to encourage our children to spend time outdoors, and here are just a few:

- Let your child choose some flower seeds to purchase, take them home and plant them in their own flowerbed. Take photos as the plants grow and create a garden album.

- If there is no space for a sand-pit, fill a large basin with clean sand for them to play with.



Child Playing with Sand
Image courtesy of papaija2008/freedigitalphotos.net


- Do the same for water-play. A basin or old baby bath is ideal. Give your child a few paint brushes and let them ‘paint’ with water.

- Make a bird feeder or put out bread or seeds to encourage the birds into your yard. Do some bird-watching.

- Invest in a bug-catcher and some books about different kinds of bugs (this one will need supervision).



Child with Magnifying Glass
Image courtesy of naypong/freedigitalphotos.net


- Have a table and chair somewhere outdoors in a shady spot for your child to use. Encourage them to draw pictures of the birds, insects or plants. This will inspire them to study them more closely.

- Take a walk with them around the garden and collect twigs, leaves and seeds to create an art piece.

- Build a fairy garden. This is a great way to stir their imagination. You can use bits and pieces from the yard to fashion fairy furniture or use doll-house furniture.

- Paint rocks together and place them around the garden or in pot-plants.

- Try some different back-yard games like mini-golf, croquet, bowls or skittles. If you have concrete or bitumen, let them go crazy with chalk or better still, draw up a hop-scotch or target game.

- Have a picnic. A simple sandwich, drink and a piece of fruit tastes more special in the garden.



Child Playing with Bubbles
Image courtesy of arztsamui/freedigitalphotos.net


- Blow bubbles. An easy and safe bubble mixture can be made using tear-free baby shampoo, corn syrup and water.

How much you can do with your children outdoors will depend largely on the size and layout of your outdoor area. If, like me, you live in the country you may need to watch for snakes in over-grown areas. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to be sun smart, add a hat and insect repellent and your children can enjoy fresh air and physical exercise - while exercising their imaginations as well.

Categories
#Children's Health
#Exercise and Fitness
#Healthy Parenting
#Spring Competition

Main thumbnail courtesy of phaitoon/freedigitalphotos.net
I like this Article - 8
[ print friendly ]
More Articles by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo)
We all know the damage that the sun can cause - both to our appearance and our health, but there a...
3 likes
Most of us enjoy a bit of cheese in our diets
6 likes
With all the media attention on the detrimental effects of sugar on our health, I made a decision se...
12 likes
We trust our doctor to look after our health and to prescribe medication when we need it, right? And...
4 likes
What are your mornings like? Do you crawl lazily out of bed, shuffle and groan your way through your...
3 likes
We know that eating fruit is good for our health
19 likes
view all articles by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo)
Articles by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) on Other Hubs
Regardless of whether it’s right or wrong, people will always judge us by how we present ourselv...
173 views
We hear and read so much information about anxiety and depression, most of it urging us to seek ...
385 views
This weekend I picked up my grandchildren for a sleep-over
203 views
ID: 24762
[ Submit a Comment ]
Spell out your child's name in the earth plant panassies or similar plants .This can encourage a child have a sense of responsibility while experiencing a personal connection with nature
This idea would be suitable possibly for 6 plus year olds .Lee
Trending Articles
These pear and oat muffins are easy to make and a tasty addition to increase fibre into your diet
5 likes
As a health-conscious individual, you probably care about what goes on, as much as you care about wh...
1 like
The type and quality of food we eat impacts our not just our health but our fatigue levels
5 likes
I love making banana bread and finding ways involve the kids in the kitchen too
5 likes
People all around the world know how beneficial spinach can be
2 likes
Do you struggle with procrastination? If you are like the majority of people, the answer is probabl...
5 likes
Celery is a delicious crunchy vegetable that is unappetising when limp
5 likes
Did you know if you are not exfoliating, your skin is not as healthy as it could be? Exfoliating ...
6 likes
Can’t sleep? You are not alone
5 likes
Categories
Nutrition (269)
Vegan (122)
Skin Care (101)
How To (64)
Lists (61)
Hygiene (35)
Yoga (29)
 
Copyright 2012-2018 OatLabs ABN 18113479226. mobile version