Nowadays, many children are occupied with screens, either from their smartphone, laptop, or television. To fight this habit, parents and educators surprisingly choose dirt as a weapon. Scientific studies in recent years have found that having kids garden and gardening activity leads to healthier and happier children. So, even though only in a small garden, guide children to participate in gardening activities.
Gardening activities in the kids garden are not only enhancing children’s physical health but also their mental health.
Physical wise, gardening activities help kids to spend their energies in productive tasks and make them willingly consume fruits and vegetables to help them grow. Children often have extra energies and gardening in a kids garden help to burn these off by planting seeds, watering plants, and harvest the produce. 14 studies of school, community, and after-school garden programs discovered that in 10 of them, kids willingly ate more fruits and vegetables after participated in the program. Involvement in planting and harvesting the vegetables and fruits gives a connection that a trip to buy them in a supermarket can never give.
Mentally, a survey of 96 families in the Midwest found that children with attention deficit disorder who were involved in gardening did better in a self-discipline test. The study shows that “green” activity is chosen when parents are asked which activity gives positive impacts on their children’s symptoms.
Gardening can help children acquire new abilities. It can also boost children’s self-confidence and self-discipline. More importantly, being in outdoor and have active involvement in gardening such as digging the soil, and watching plants grow can make children happier.
Marry Moody, the author of Kids in the Garden, claims gardening as a natural mood booster to children. She believes that natural elements that boost serotonin levels can be found in the soil. The elements work to enhance children’s moods. It functions like endorphins brought on by exercise.
Gardening is not limited to ages, but children in particular can have a lot of benefits from this fun activity. Knowing these facts, build your own kids garden not only to fight children’s screen habit but also to make your kids healthier and happier.