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The Benefits of Gardening for Kids

Gardening Advice

Children's Gardening Week is a great time to get your kids involved in gardening. Many of us can agree that getting out into the garden is a fun and rewarding activity that can provide many benefits for kids, both physically and mentally. Here at Bradstone, we value our outdoor spaces for both work & leisure so today, we’ll talk about the reasons why we support gardening for kids.

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Celebrating Children’s Gardening Week With Gardening Benefits

Improves physical health

Gardening is a great way for kids to get exercise out in the fresh air. They can get their bodies moving by digging, planting, watering, and weeding. Using children’s gardening tools can also help to improve their coordination and strength.

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Encourages healthy eating

Studies have shown that children who are involved in gardening, they are more likely to eat the fruits and vegetables that they grow. This is because they have a personal connection to the food plus it is reliably fresh and healthy!

Mental Health Well-being

Gardening can help kids to develop a sense of accomplishment which is great for mental health. At any age, when you see your plants grow and thrive, you feel an emotion of achievement, and this is especially true for children. Such a simple activity can boost children’s self-esteem and confidence. 

Teaches responsibility

Gardening is a great way to teach kids about responsibility. They need to take care of their plants by watering them, fertilising them, and protecting them from bugs or the elements. This teaches them the importance of taking care of something else and following through on their commitments.

Provides a sense of community

Gardening can be a great way for kids to connect with their community whether at school, shared allotments or even the front lawn! They can get involved in community gardening projects, help neighbours, or be included in street gardening activities. This can help them to make new friends and learn about the importance of working together.

If you are looking for a fun and rewarding activity for your kids, this is the week to get them involved in gardening. It is a great way to improve their physical and mental health, teach them valuable life skills, and connect them with their community. 

Tips for getting your kids involved in gardening

Start small

Don't overwhelm your kids with a big garden or complex processes. Start with a small space like a mini garden that they can easily manage.

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Make it fun

Gardening should be fun rather than a chore for kids. Choose activities that they will enjoy, such as planting seeds, watering plants, or harvesting vegetables. Plus remember to praise their efforts. By letting your kids know that you appreciate their hard work, this will encourage them to keep gardening.

Be patient

This is the most important tip as it takes time for plants to grow. There won’t be instant gratification so don't get discouraged if your kids don't see results immediately. Keep positive and soon your children will see the payoff from hard work.

How can Bradstone help?

Bradstone love seeing more people using their outdoor spaces whether it’s for gardening, BBQing or relaxing. With more families heading out into the garden for children’s gardening week, we’re here to give you all the tools to make the space of your dreams. From stylish Porcelain Paving to making your garden more sustainable, we’ve got it all.

Why not find a stockist near you or head over to our sister site Simply Paving to purchase online, alternatively you can start your journey by finding a local landscape gardener. Contact our helpful support team with any questions you may have.