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Garden sheds are the work horses of the garden looking after all the gardening tools, garden furniture, bikes, lawn mowers and golf clubs for instance where as summerhouses and potting sheds serve other purposes. There are also options such as dedicated children playhouses for the younger members of the family. The important thing to remember is that children are very keen on learning and the great outside can be an important part of their development.
By including children in the planting and growing of vegetables they will be able to appreciate what is involved in the food being put on their plate. This will ensure that as they grow up they, hopefully, will be more sympathetic to the green aspects to our world, which is important for our future. Besides this they will learn new skills such as patience, working with others, and feeling good with themselves as well as improving their self confidence.
At school they will be able to talk about what they have learnt and hopefully encourage other families to follow their lead. I do remember as a child that I was very keen on the garden and hatched a plan to grow potatoes with my friends and sell them in St Peter’s Avenue (this was the high street) in Cleethorpes. After selling the produce which we had grown the money would be spent on typical children’s activities and we had a great deal of satisfaction that we had EARNT that OURSELVES.
The children’s playhouse is another valuable learning tool for your children, but don’t tell them it for their education. Children being children will rebel against this. However again the playtime with their friends will enable them to bond better with other youngsters and again the art of sharing and being able to use their imagination. This is something that no computer game can simulate. You will find there is a great deal of choice available for children playhouses.
This was even noted in the papers recently when Lucy and Dom Redmond, keen gardeners, were praised because of their beliefs that the garden should be used to educate their children as well as entertaining them. Their daughters, Tilly and Flori received encouragement to be involved in the garden from a very early age.
Besides the gardening they should be allowed to play freely so they can learn respect for the garden, which is very important. So not only is their home a playground it also includes the great outdoors. Their parent’s view was that children need to learn what can be harmful and by encouraging them to be able to use all the garden with few boundaries this can be achieved. Sometimes we, as parents, restrict what our children can do because we know they can be harmful and this makes sense. However we learnt by being involved in different situations and this way is always the best way to remember.
However, it’s vital that children are taught about the potential dangers of the garden and what they should not touch. It also goes without saying that all dangerous substances which may be lurking in your garden shed should be kept securely locked away.