We all know that plants can add colour and a sense of tranquillity to a home, but what about in a child’s bedroom? Amongst all the clutter, toys, books, posters and decorations, is there any space for plants in children’s rooms? What good will plants do and what kind of plants are best for kids?
Well I believe there should be room for a bit of greenery in children’s rooms and the benefits of getting plants for kids can be huge. They don’t just add a bit of colour and life to a cluttered room but can also provide a calming environment and help encourage creativity and nurturing. Not convinced? Then read on!
Taking Care of Plants
Taking care of plants can be a fun way for children to learn about nurturing and responsibility. They’ll love watching the plant grow and flower and will learn all about the science behind growth. Giving children something to take care of, even something as simple as a plant, infers responsibility and you’ll find that children will rise to the challenge and will take great pride in their plant.
Try giving them a sunflower seed to plant. This is not only fast growing — so great for impatient children — but will also add brightness and colour to their rooms. Easy to grow, sunflowers are ideal starter plants for kids.
Fragrant Plants for Kids Rooms
Living plants often add a sense of freshness to a room and some scented plants can also add calm and serenity. Scented plants are especially useful in teenager’s rooms where their fragrance may mask some other, rather unpleasant scents!
Lavender is well known for helping to aid sleep, but is hard to care for indoors. Instead try the hardy geranium plant which has a beautiful bright bloom and smells divine! Pink Jasmine can also be grown indoors with a little more care and has a delightful scent that is perfect for little girl’s rooms.
Plants That Are Safe To Eat
Why not take the opportunity to get kids interested in growing plants for food? One of the best ways to nurture their interest in eating their greens is to grow their own greens! Cress is probably the easiest plant to grow and they can nibble away on it to their hearts content!
Other easy to grow herbs include chives, mint, parsley and thyme and they are not only tasty but scented too! Get them a little window box or even just a small pot to grow their very own herb patch and they’ll soon be eating up all their greens!
Plants are a great addition to a child’s room with huge health benefits such as air purification and a greater sense of well-being. Your child may be in the middle of a large, noisy city but you can bring a little of the countryside into their rooms and encourage them to take care of a living thing.
Plants which are particularly effective include Areca Palm, Rubber Plants, Dragon Plant, English Ivy, Peace Lily, Gerbera Daisies and Weeping Fig.
Do remember however that some plants are poisonous so never introduce a plant to a young child’s room without checking first that it’s safe. There is a useful guide guide published by the Royal Horticultural Society with a list of potentially harmful plants and the BBC have a useful guide for gardening with children with lots of indoor and outdoor gardening projects for kids.
Plants for Kids
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Personalised Kid's Grow Your Own Edible Garden Kit with everything the little gardener needs to get started. Personalised Box and card included.