In the Na Pua Keiki Garden Affects on the Mind, Body, and Soul
There are a myriad of scientific concepts that we discuss with the children while planting and tending to our garden. The wonder of seeing plants grow ignites such curiosities as: Why do plants need the sun? How do plants drink water? Why are worms good for plants?
The garden is good for the body because children will be inspired to eat what they grow. Vegetables and fruits will no doubt have a positive effect on their body, but the act of gardening itself can also promote a healthy body. Kids LOVE to get their hands and feet in the dirt! All kids can benefit from more physical activity while they move soil, carry heavy water cans, dig in the dirt, pull weeds, and harvest their fruits and vegetables.
The garden is good for their soul. Time in the garden allows for team building and promotes communication skills. Planning a garden, planting the seeds and watching them grow give kids a sense of purpose, pride, and responsibility.