as parents, we always try our best to give our kids the best education and values. Well, apart from the education they get from school, it is very crucial for us to teach and practice with them, healthy activities. The best and one of the healthiest activity is to do gardening and planting with them, along with their involvement and cooperation. My last Article was about outdoor gardening, today in this article, I am going to share some health benefits of the herbs, flowers, and plants we can grow at home (indoor) along with our little ones and all about these fun indoor activities for kids. Gardening and planting are not only healthy but also fun activities for us to do with our kids.
“Lesson for kids: Plants need water and care to grow, as you need Mummy’s and daddy’s love, affection and care.”
So, lovely parents, let’s have a look at the benefits of indoor plants…
BEING KIND & CARING: After being involved in indoor planting along with your children, teach them about plants and how to take care of them as they are also living beings like us. This lesson of being caring, kind and responsible will benefit them in every step of life.
AIR PURIFICATION: As plants absorb, not only carbon dioxide but also harmful toxins from the surrounding air and releases not only oxygen but also moisture and reduce air-borne dust particles in the air, hence keeping the air humid, healthy and pure to breathe. Teach this to your little ones that it is not necessary only to take care of personal hygiene and tiding up surroundings, but we should also take care of the tidiness of air around us in order to benefit everyone living around.
EFFECTS ON MIND: Teach your child in a kiddy way that how plants can make us happy, like plants have positive effects on our mind and how they reduce anxiety and stress. You know, kids also have anxieties and stress regarding their activities at school and other things in their life. Plants can benefit us academically, according to researches, kids who have indoor plants have more alertness, productivity and focus on what they are doing. We can teach all these benefits in their own childish wordings and language. Apart from these benefits, what about having a relaxing mint tea from freshly picked mint leaves:).
PHYSICAL FITNESS: Plants reduces fatigue and tiredness and give us relaxing feeling, lowers the chances of respiratory diseases and increase physical and mental productivity.
HEALTHY FOOD: There are a lot of herbs we can grow at home. Engage your little one in participating and planting indoor herbs like mint, coriander, basil, and thyme, etc., and then show them how to water these plants, so that these plants can grow further. Your kids must be eager to see these plants growing but they have to wait with patience to see the results. This will teach them to stay calm if things in life are taking time to be done. When these herbs grow, then ask them to pick their favourite herb and add in their salad, pizza or pasta or sandwich. This activity will boost their creativity and confidence. Well, you can also add thyme, basil, coriander or other herbs in your food to get maximum health benefits.
INDOOR BEAUTY: Indoor plants not only add greenery to our house but also give it a beautiful look especially if we grow indoor flowers like an African violet, Christmas cactus, begonias, and clivia, etc. When you grow these flowers and add beauty to your house along with the involvement of your little one, they will also learn about taking care of plants and other things and also about not just living but living with quality by adding colors and beauty to their surroundings.
“Take your kids to the garden centre and take their advice and let them decide about what to buy and which plants and flowers suit any specific corner of the house and why? This will boost their confidence, decision power and sense of beautification of their surroundings”.
So, lovely parents, I hope you like this article as I wanted to share all this information with all of you very eagerly. Many people think that gardening or indoor planting is the job of elders and adults but believe me, there are countless benefits and learning opportunities for your little one, like learning about positivity, patience, productivity, and focus.