Fancy Florals for Little Hands

Most kids love bright and pretty things. It's one of the reasons that so many children like seeing and picking colorful flowers. Parents can encourage their children's enjoyment of flowers by introducing them to gardening. Gardening not only appeals to their senses, but it allows them to use their hands and nurture their newly planted flowers as they grow. The key to keeping little hands interested in flowers and gardening is to make the process as enjoyable and appealing as possible.

When introducing children to gardening, it's important that parents start off the right way. This means equipping them with the right tools and accessories. Arguably the most important of these accessories include gloves that fit and a small spade that children can easily handle. With the right tools, kids will feel more like gardeners in their own right rather than simply helpers. Choosing the right flowers is also important when it comes to gardening with children. The flowers should be easy to grow and relatively inexpensive. The exact type of flower will depend on where the family lives and the season. To easily find the right flowers for kids, parents may ask the staff at a local nursery to recommend easy-to-grow flowers.

One way to encourage fun gardening is to plant flowers that are not only pretty to look at, but are edible as well. Examples of flowers that can be eaten are violets, chive blossoms, and pansies; even daisy petals are edible. When planting edible flowers, it is important to teach kids that not all plants can be eaten and that some can be deadly. Kids must be taught to only eat the flowers their parents say are safe and have helped them plant. Parents can also make gardening interesting by purposefully choosing flowers to attract butterflies, certain types of birds, or a specific bird species to the garden. Plants such as Russian sage, chrysanthemums, and black-eyed Susans all attract butterflies and are a great way for kids and their parents to create a butterfly garden right in their own backyard. Birds are often attracted to the color and nectar of certain plants. Hummingbirds, for example, are attracted to sweet nectar and bright colors, particularly the color red. This makes plants such as bee balm an ideal choice for kids to plant if they want to bring hummingbirds to their garden. Some plants attract both butterflies and birds, such as dahlias, zinnias, and purple coneflowers. Once flowers have blossomed, kids can cut them and learn how to create artistic arrangements. With an assortment of flowers at their disposal, children are able to express themselves artistically with their floral designs. In creating floral arrangements, kids are also exploring complimentary colors and color arrangements.

One of the best things about children gardening is that it isn't just fun and creative, it is also educational. While teaching kids how to garden and how to create fancy florals, teachers and parents can also teach children how flowers grow, about pollination and the importance of flowers in general. When making floral arrangements or other crafts with flowers, kids can examine the parts of the flower and learn to identify them and their purpose. By learning about the complexities of flowers at an early age, kids are better able to understand their importance and better appreciate them as they become adults. When teaching kids about gardening, there are numerous resources online in the form of youth gardening activities and projects, kids gardening clubs, reading materials, and more.

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