Plants are a great addition to the home and they are fun to care for. When you add plants to your home, it also doubles as a fun activity. You can take care of the plants with your kids, and it is both fun and healthy. By simply tending to plants, your kids can pick up valuable skills including patience, responsibility, and teamwork. As great action as plant care is, not all children would instantly be attracted to it. You may need to give your kids a little nudge to get them interested in plant care. So, how do you go about doing this?
Give them a personal garden
By placing your child in charge of a garden, they become responsible for everything that happens there. Studies have shown that giving children a personal responsibility can make them more attentive and interested in something. Try to make the garden as fun as possible and offer guidance to make the process easier. Once the garden begins to yield productive results, your child will be proud of their work and become more interested in caring for more plants. You may find that the interest will begin to spread to your other kids, as well as their friends and family.
Indoor plant care
Many benefits are associated with having a plant in the home and by demonstrating this to your kids, they are likely going to be interested. You can grow household plants while still promoting better air quality in the home. The only problem you will face with indoor plants is getting enough sunlight for the plants. You can solve this problem by installing a grow light in your indoor garden. Grow lights are a great investment and will ensure that your garden is well-lit all year long. Your plants will grow healthy and your kids will love to care for them. As a bonus, you can draw your kids' interest to grow lights by showing them how it works.
Fun garden equipment
Just as with toys, you can get your kids interested by having gardening equipment that looks exciting. Children-friendly equipment is usually small, light, and comes in fun designs and styles. Your kids may be drawn to it at first as a toy, but once you show them how to use it properly, they will do the same. You can even get a piece of normal equipment and alter the design to match something exciting for the kids. For a more effective strategy, you can take your kids shopping for the equipment and have them pick it up themselves. Once they can see the equipment as personal, they will likely enjoy using it more.
Fun plant selection
Choose the plants you grow in your garden and you can get your kids interested in plant care easily. Certain plants are more likely to appeal to and fascinate your kids. By planting these in your garden, then your children will like to spend time in there. You can also utilize plant fragrances or physiology to this effect. By selecting plants that are smooth to the touch or have appealing fragrances, then your children will love them. You can even introduce animals into the garden and your kids will love spending time in there. Once they can witness the plants grow from nothing to maturity, they will pique an interest in plant care.
Botanical garden trip
Many an interest has been developed in childhood from one simple trip. Taking your child on a trip may not seem like much to you but such memories can linger for the child. By selecting the location carefully, you can develop certain interests in a child. A botanical garden will feature a wide selection of plants, many of which will be interesting to the child. The colors, scent, and all-around aesthetics can be captivating. The professionals who can help provide a bit of background on the plants are also an added benefit. Your kid gets a fun day of the outing, and will likely develop an interest in plants as well.
Being the parent, you already know how beneficial plants and plant care is to your children. Telling them outrightly that it is good for them may not help, so, you have to get a little creative. By making them feel a part of something special, between you and them, or by taking them out, you can achieve your goal.
Authors Bio: Elliot Rhodes
Elliot has been both an interior and exterior designer for over 8 years. He is happy to plan and design exteriors of residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. He helps others with beautifying the outside areas of their homes and businesses. When he has free time, he is writing articles on latest designing trends and projects