Gardening

At Daystars we encourage gardening as a healthy and fun activity for children.

Children develop new skills and learn about science and nature from growing their own food.

There is a variety of interesting activities children can be involved in, such as planting, mulching, weeding and cooking.

People of all ages can enjoy gardening, but children in particular will have lots of fun and gain special benefits. Gardening is educational and develops new skills including:

•Responsibility – from caring for plants

•Understanding – as they learn about cause and effect (for example, plants die without water, weeds compete with plants)

•Self-confidence – from achieving their goals and enjoying the food they have grown

•Love of nature – a chance to learn about the outdoor environment in a safe and pleasant place

•Reasoning and discovery – learning about the science of plants, animals, weather, the environment, nutrition and simple construction

•Physical activity – doing something fun and productive

•Cooperation – including shared play activity and teamwork

•Creativity – finding new and exciting ways to grow food

•Nutrition – learning about where fresh food comes from

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