Asking Your Child to Water Plants Helps Both to Thrive

A regular theme in my practice as a parenting coach, and in the Montessori method in general, is that of including your children in everyday household chores whenever possible. There is much to gain from these activities, and watering your indoor plants is no exception.

The process may begin by showing your child how to identify when a plant requires water; you might look for clues together such as dry soil or parched leaves. This tangible aspect of the experience may help them to realize that plants are living beings with specific survival needs, much like the humans and pets within the family.

On the surface level, this activity will allow your child to practice their equilibrium and strengthen their hand-eye coordination as they tip the watering can to allow water out of its spout. On a deeper level, it can open up their way of thinking about the living world around them and the care they begin to show for their environment, teaching them new language about plants in the process.

It’s not a bad idea to prepare tools in advance and in an organized manner, such as the watering can and a sponge (to clean up spills), in order to streamline the activity for your young one. Setting up the activity once a week (or as your botanical needs dictate) will encourage your child to practice this chore independently.

Using child-sized tools, arranging the items on a tray and color-coordinating them also helps your child to approach the activity more confidently.

You’ll delight at watching both your child and your plants be able to grow!

P.S. Would you like my support and guidance setting-up your Montessori home? If, yes then go ahead and schedule a ‘Discovery Session’ with me. It’s free and you’ll know if we are a good fit. 😉

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