6 Benefits of Gardening with Children
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Gardening is a great way for children to connect with nature and each other. It’s not only a fun way to learn about vegetables, plants, growing, different seasons and insect species, but it also has health benefits too.
A glass geodesic dome brings the outdoors indoors and provides a practical ‘in-between’ space that can be enjoyed all year, in any weather.
Here are just a few benefits of gardening with children in a geodesic dome:
1. Keeping Fit and Active
Well directed outdoor learning opportunities can support the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement, and promoting a sense of well-being.
Exercise is important for a child’s development as it not only supports a health body, but it also helps to improve mental health. A report released by the American Academy of Paediatrics shows how active playtime is great for childrens’ brains, and much more.
With maximum solar gain and excellent ventilation, our glasshouse domes provide the perfect environment for growing vegetables and plants, offering a great space for children to dig, water plants, pull up weeds or simply walk around to look and learn.
2. Boosts Social Skills
Gardening can be a very sociable activity with children.
Through experimenting together in small teams, gardening can help to develop interpersonal skills, improve problem solving techniques, language development and creative thinking.
Nurturing new life whether it is a seed, plant, tree, or an insect also helps to instil a sense of achievement and a healthy respect for the environment. Waiting for whose flower will flourish first can also encourage children to interact and engage.
3. Improves Mental Health
Time spent gardening can calm the mind and sooth emotions. A glasshouse dome provides natural light, 360-degree views, a tranquil space and when used to plants flowers and vegetables, can create a calming environment through the power of natural scent.
This was the case for the Wistaston Academy, Cheshire. They were tasked with finding an inspirational outdoor structure as a breakaway learning and relaxing space for the children and our Solardome® Retreat was the perfect solution for them.
“The Solardome® Retreat provides a calm environment and allows children to access our outdoor provision whilst meeting their individual needs – particularly at unstructured periods, such as break times,” said James from The Wistaston Academy.
Due to the circular shape, geodesic domes promote inclusivity and interaction, while features like low threshold doors for wheelchair access mean that everyone can join in with the fun too.
4. Enhances Sensory Development
Our domes can be used as a sensory space where children can learn in a hands-on environment and interact with plants and nature and improve concentration and relieve anxiety.
It encourages the use of all five senses through feeling the texture of the soil and plants, smelling the scents from the plants, seeing the colourful flowers, tasting the vegetables and hearing the sounds of a pond or crunch of the leaves.
As children garden, they develop important motor skills that will help them improve their academic skills such as writing, cutting and typing.
Through picking up tiny seeds and putting them in the soil to writing labels, these activities strengthen the small muscles in a child’s hands, helping to improve fine motor skills.
Find out how a specialist Essex school enhanced their sensory learning with one of our Solardome® glasshouses.
5. Brings Learning to Life
It can be difficult to keep children engaged and on task in the classroom especially when all they want is to be active.
With Horticulture now on the National Curriculum, our domes provide the perfect environment and space to achieve new learning outcomes.
Taking the learning outsides helps children to develop numeracy skills. This can be done through finding shapes and patterns then recording, drawing or calculating their angles. Reading instructions, learning names of different plants and writing labels can help to improve literacy skills to.
6. Promotes Healthy Eating
Freshly picked fruit and vegetables from the garden don’t just taste better, they are more nutritious making them much healthier than the supermarket equivalent.
It can often be a struggle to get children to eat healthy foods, but it’s widely known that they are more willing to try new fruit and vegetables if they had participated in growing them themselves.
Not only does it teach them how to grow, but it also gives them a sense of achievement and pride knowing they are eating the produce they had grown.
What would you do with a Solardome® outdoor classroom?