How Gardening Enriches Their Lives
Published on December 07, 2023
GARDENING WITH KIDS
HOW GARDENING ENRICHES THEIR LIVES
Gardening is a great way for children to learn about the natural world, eat healthy foods, and get exercise. But, did you know that gardening can also have a positive impact on the brain, body, and soul? At Pinecrest Gardens we celebrate these benefits through programs, plant displays, and opportunities to engage.
GARDENING ENGAGES BRAIN
Gardening is a hands-on activity that engages multiple senses and areas of the brain. Children learn about science, math, and problem-solving as they plant seeds, water plants, and harvest produce. These tasks also develop fine motor skills and coordination. Studies have found that children who participated in gardening projects scored higher in science achievement than those who did not. It has long been proven that gardening helps to improve attention and focus. Contact with soil can actually boost mood and reduce anxiety. Soil contains wonderful bacteria that produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps to regulate mood. At Pinecrest Gardens, we offer opportunities for kids to get their hands dirty and learn the basics of gardening. In our Little Lizards program, kids will join our education team for hands-on fun, activities, and learning. Some monthly topics include garden harvest, the five senses, flowers, pollinators, and trees.
GARDENING BENEFITS THE BODY
Gardening is a great way for children to get exercise. They burn calories as they dig, water, weed, and harvest plants. Gardening also helps to strengthen muscles and improve balance. On your next visit, stop by the Learning & Sensory Garden and use our old-fashioned hand pump to help nourish the seasonally appropriate plants growing there. Throughout the year, we have changed plantings including sensory-friendly, aromatic, and edible gardens. Slow down and engage your senses here, and soak in the benefits of the Garden. Aside from the Learning & Sensory Garden, Pinecrest Gardens boasts shady walking trails and an allinclusive playground in the midst of a native hammock. People of all abilities can comfortably enjoy the benefits of nature without feeling overwhelmed by the task of gardening.
GARDENING NOURISHES THE SOUL
Gardening is a mindful activity that can help children to relax and de-stress. It is a great way for them to connect with nature and appreciate the beauty of the world around them. Gardening can also teach children about responsibility and hard work. When they plant a seed and watch it grow into a plant, they learn that their actions have consequences. They also learn that it takes time and effort to achieve results. Visiting botanical gardens, like Pinecrest Gardens, throughout the seasons allows children to connect with nature. They will love visiting time and time again to check on their favorite tree or flowering bush. Building memories with your family in the Gardens is a perfect opportunity to expose your kids to nature without committing to maintaining a garden on your own. We hope to see you in the coming months, to soak in all of the beauty and benefits Pinecrest Gardens has to offer.
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