My heart sings when I see this precious child mesmerized by his book. He holds it gingerly between his fingers as he looks intently at the Vegetable Kids and garden vegetables. His Mom knows the value of reading to her child and sharing stories of health and love.
Sometimes the best books are the ones a parent hands to a child as a break from the board books and stories from popular movies. Young children can point to vegetables and hear about how they were created. As they get older they enjoy hearing how garden worms provide nutrients to the soil. Kids love to imagine the mysterious things that might be in the dirt. When a mother reads to her child, she is sharing precious loving moments that last forever. Enjoy colorful vegetables for lunch then have fun reading Vegetable Kids in the Garden together.
Enjoy quality time with your child reading, Vegetable Kids in the Garden. Hardcover, softcover, and ebook available at BarnesandNoble.com; Softcover and eBook available at Amazon.com. Amazon will order the hardcover book even though they say it is "Out of stock."
Care » Patience » Responsibility
The seed section is one of my favorite areas in my local home improvement store. Sealed in dainty packets, the gorgeous pictures represent the promise of what the seeds can become given patience and the right conditions. Whether it’s a juicy beef steak tomato or a brilliant bunch of sunflowers, as a consumer you desire creating what the picture represents.
One day my six-year old son accompanied me to the home improvement store. As the apple does not fall from the tree, he, too, shares my same love of seed packets. During our visit, he selected a lovely strawberry seed packet and on the drive home excitedly told me about the strawberries that he planned to grow. Armed with his small red shovel and seed packet, he planted the seeds and went into the house.
A week later, remembering his strawberries, he returned to the patch in our backyard, frowned, and sadly asked,
“Where are my strawberries?”
In reviewing the essentials of gardening that we had discussed in the car, I inquired whether he had watered the seeds. Unfortunately, this step was overlooked and the seeds were not able to absorb the hydration that they needed to sprout.
Gardening with kids is a fantastic opportunity to teach them numerous lessons. First and foremost, about healthy food grown with love and care. However, as listed below, it’s often the intangible lessons like care, patience and responsibility that kids benefit most from.
Lesson #1: Care
As my six-year old son learned, his strawberries didn’t survive due to lack of water. When kids garden and have expectations that their beloved seeds will flourish, they need to remember to demonstrate care and attention to their seeds. Watering and planting seeds in good soil with appropriate sun exposure are ways that young gardeners can show TLC to their fragile seeds.
Lesson #2: Patience
The growth of fruits and vegetables cannot be rushed. Once everything has been planted, the only option available is to wait. Patience can be hard for everyone, regardless of age. Gardening teaches young people how to be comfortable with waiting.
Lesson #3: Responsibility
The tools of a trade are essential components to the success of a project. Gardening gloves, shovels, rakes, dowels, etc. are all part of a gardener’s tool box. Young gardeners learn responsibility when they take good care of their tools and return them to their proper place for use with future projects.
Gardening with kids is a magical experience! Digging together in the dirt and watching the amazing fruits of labor flourish.
Juliana Parker is a proud mom of 3 boys, wife, and Certified Career Counselor. In her free time she loves spending time outdoors with her family.
Nancy J. Miller, M.S. is a Career Counselor, Coach, speaker, and writer.