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School Planters and Greenhouses
Planters and greenhouses are a great way of introducing children to gardening. Children love the idea that what they plant grows into a lovely flowers or a vegetable which they can eat.
Introducing children to gardening encourages them to take an active interest in healthy eating but also helps them to understand what plants need to grow. For example soil, food, water, sunlight and somewhere to plant and nuture them
Benefits of school planters and greenhouses
- provide a dedicated place for plants and flowers to grow
- protect seeds and young shoots from the weather
- children take ownership of their own planter
- great for individual or group work
- encourages children outside whilst learning
They also bring the theory of what is learned in the classroom into reality, because children see for themselves the plants and seeds grow
The beauty of planters and greenhouses
Planters allow children to choose what they want to nuture. Are they going to choose a fruit seed, a sapling or a young flower to grow? How much soil, fertiliser, food and water do their seeds and shoots need? And how much protection and sunshine?
Having an understanding of where their food comes from allows children to make healthy choices as they grow and develop.
School planters and greenhouses are also great fun for planting flowers because they add colour and interest to any outdoor educational setting. Greenhouses mean that the flowers can continue to grow in a warm environment even if it is cold outside, helping provide year round colour and gardening interest.