The main concern of parents and educators is to find educational activities that benefit the children’s personality and help them learn basic life skills.
Plant cultivation activities are among the educational activities that benefit well in this field, due to their nature and inclusion of various important educational skills and values.
The activities of planting plants are suitable for all ages, and can be adapted to all conditions and environments, and it is not necessary to own gardens and fields, but only to have the creative idea that makes its practice possible on simple and cheap ways.
One of the best experiences that influence children’s personality, behavior and psyche
Agriculture and plant care, according to Al Jazeera Net, are among the most important activities that contribute to the development of the child’s intellectual, sensory, psychological, physical, behavioral and even health skills, in addition to the importance of developing environmental awareness and avoiding the negative energy which he can bear due to isolation and his persistence in playing electronic games.
It is also the duty of parents and teachers in schools, according to the same source, to inculcate some important matters in the psyche of children, including the care of nature and the practice of agriculture, because this will give them a be great incentive to love responsibility. and help others, as caring for plants helps them learn responsibility and improve their self-confidence.
The educational guide, Thimar Arafat, confirms to Al Jazeera Net that “the child is taught farming methods using simple and available tools, including bringing a box and placing a quantity of soil in it to plant seeds, or the most common method, which is to put a piece of cotton in a plastic box, then wet it and plant the seeds in it. This activity is considered one of the most popular activities for young children, because the child prefers to take it home to take care of it and water it every day until he sees it sprout in front of him and feels the importance of what he is doing, and then he returns to school pregnant with his plants and he is full of happiness and enthusiasm.
The educational counselor goes on to explain the benefits of farming at home and at school for children and says: “A child from the age of 4 becomes interested in planting. He will especially enjoy making a garden, the plant to plant and see it grow and grow.” She summarizes its benefits as follows:
+ Caring for plants helps them learn responsibility, because they will take good care of the plants that are the product of their own work and have the responsibility to preserve them.
+ Their confidence will increase when they achieve their desired goal, which is to have flowers open or fruits or vegetables appear.
+ Paying attention to planting encourages the child to have a sense of responsibility, and that he has an important role in society and between parents and school, and that he can achieve many successes.
+ Taking care of plants teaches the child patience, because young children are always in a hurry and like to quickly fulfill their requests and needs. This experience will make them independent and have more patience to achieve life goals.
+ Growing plants enables the child to communicate with nature and appreciate it. By observing the cultivation of any plant, whether by planting grain with cotton and soil or a rose at home, and watering and monitoring it every day until it grows, the little one will then feel capable of the growth to know about the plant.
+ Growing seedlings and plants makes the child more skilled in planning and organizing, and stimulates creativity and cognitive power.
+ Agriculture also teaches children other very important things in their daily life, and the parents and school should encourage this activity because of its benefits, either by keeping the child away from stress and anxiety, or away from television screens, phones and electronic devices. The health and physical benefit, whether in the use of hand muscles and sensory movement, from digging in the ground to growing plants, cannot be ignored, and these things teach the child focus, memory efficiency, good mood and psychological state and separate him from nervousness, and even improves his immune system by interacting with the ground, all children are active in the air They work on the land and engage in physical activity, and this is a very important matter, according to Arafat, the educational guide.
The agricultural engineer, Muhammad Bayan, emphasizes the importance of the child’s participation in planting, as it brings a lot of positivity, fun and joy, as agricultural activities give them mental health that is directly related to the environment, so that they learn to care for nature to appreciate, develop their skills and abilities, and the activity of growing and harvesting fruits and vegetables leads to the desire to eat them.
He points out that the cultivation of strawberries, which is the best fruit for a child, makes him happy, because after a week of care he will eat them and he will feel a special benefit, and he will be encouraged to continue to grow vegetables. and fruit.Or the pepper, and to do this will only be with the encouragement and support of the parents, as this is the basis for the success of their child’s career.