School's (almost) out for summer! Just because they're no longer in the classroom doesn't mean kids need to stop learning until fall.
Get the whole family out into the garden and reap the benefits — from healthy eating to exercise and creative expression — of the hours spent getting active outdoors together.
TOP 10 REASONS TO DIG-IN WITH KIDS
1. Grow a new gardener. Studies show that you are twice as likely to be a gardening adult if you garden as a kid. Getting kids into the garden at a young age can help grow the next generation of gardeners.
2. Encourage healthy eating. The bigger role kids have in growing fruits and vegetables, the more likely they are to maintain healthy habits as an adult. Encourage eating nutritious foods by experimenting with new textures, flavors and herbs.
3. Get active. Digging, hauling and weeding can be a lot of work! Break a sweat and get some light exercise by gardening with the family. Be sure to practice proper lifting techniques and avoid any injury.
For the whole list and to tell us why you garden with kids, check out Burpee's Backyard community.
THE ART OF GARDENING WITH KIDS
What do dirt and finger paint have in common? Both are dirty — and fun! Get kids excited about gardening with arts and crafts projects like painting flowerpots, creating plant markets to distinguish different varieties and learn proper spelling, and creating stamps out of produce like potatoes.
KEEPING KIDS INVOLVED
After the planning and planting is done this spring, don't lose the gardening enthusiasm and excitement. Keep kids interested in maintaining the garden and watching it grow throughout the season with games, activities, mini field trips and more. Continue your family's garden fun this summer with these five ideas.