Gardening yields many benefits among children. Gardening is a way for them to connect with nature. They will develop a sense of oneness as they learn about the environment. When children engage in activities such as planting seeds, feeding and watering plants, weeding, and pruning, they are developing an understanding that they are a part of a larger ecosystem. Children are learning responsibility while gardening because in order for plants to thrive, they require commitment and consistent care. If plants are ignored or treated poorly, they will quickly wither and die. With this in mind, children will learn cause and effect as they understand their role in the larger ecosystem. They will learn to be proud of their efforts and achievements when they’ve seen the fruition of their labors. This will provide them with a boost in self-confidence when they are able to enjoy the food they’ve grown.
Gardening also creates the opportunity for children to develop reasoning and discovery. Research shows that gardening positively impacts children‘s