The biggest dietary issue parents tend to face nowadays regarding their children is their distaste towards vegetables. From throwing peas on the ground for the family dog to lap up in an instant to using sweet potato mash as a face mask, children have been notorious for using their veggies for anything BUT eating since we can remember.
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By growing plants with your children, this might just allow you to FINALLY get those vitamins in your children without having to change your clothes after mealtimes. When children are allowed to pick and choose their own fruits and vegetables to plant, this may encourage them to try what they have cultivated themselves due to their sense of pride over their ‘creation’. When you’ve spent hours laboring over a head of lettuce, it’s only natural to want to try a bite or two of it. And since the children are involved in the planting process, they may even find their new favorite fruit or vegetable, enabling parents out there to relax and enjoy eating with their children.
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Besides healthy eating, growing your own plants can also be an excuse to slip in some science in the AM to give your kids a headstart in botany, biology, and even chemistry. From simply learning how to identify vegetables to key processes such as photosynthesis and respiration, there is an abundance of teaching that can be done while tending to your seedlings. With our aspara machine, they are able to learn what factors plants require for successful growth, such as light, water, and nutrients. By making science fun whilst being educational, you can bring out your child’s inner scientist.
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For especially young children, having a hydroponic system at home lets children engage their 5 senses on a daily basis. While gardening, children can harvest their own kale, smell the pleasant aroma of violas, see the different colors of vegetables, and many more. Simply checking on their plants in the morning is already a workout for their senses! When the senses are active and alert, this may allow your child to better understand what gardening is and become more acquainted with their own senses.