How Gardening Helps Children To Learn Math - 10 Facts
By Madhu Priyaon
How Gardening Helps
Children To Learn Math - 10 Facts
Using garden to teach math make
the subject more easy, engaging and interesting to the children. It provides
them fun experience that they will remember.
(1) Addition and Subtraction -
Children can count the plants in
two different garden beds and then add the numbers together. If some of the
plants die, then make it into a subtraction problem. They can count seeds to
sow in each row or area. It will be lifelong lessons that they will carry to
(2) Comparing Sizes -
Children can compare sizes of
plants, fruits, vegetable or flowers. While walking in the garden. Arranging
them in order from smallest to biggest or biggest to smallest.
(3) Multiplication and Division -
Children can do multiplication
like if they want to have five lemon plants and they need to plant three seeds
in each hole, then how many seeds do they need to have? Second question may be
like if each tomato plant produces about twenty tomatoes, how many plants do we
need to two hundred tomatoes? Children can use multiplication to quickly count
plants fruits, vegetables and flowers. Once children get in the habit of posing
questions like this, I am sure you will think of many more!
(4) Calendar Skill -
Sit down with a calendar and
seeds with your child, Mark the date when you can plant the seeds. Then mark
the date when you will be able to harvest. You may tell them about how many
days in a week and in a month. Children can make a chart as a garden project.
(5) Learning Measurement –
Measuring the area of a space, it
maybe your balcony or inside the home, they will learn about planning of how
many plants they can grow in specific space, how far apart they need to plant
or sow, measuring the distance between them.
(6) Basic geometry –
Basic of geometry can be useful
as children will learn shapes and design of the garden.
(7) Algebra formula –
Such mathematics used in the
garden to calculate the correct amount of fertilizer to add for the plants.
They can calculate the volume of soil needed for a plant by calculating
Children can learn about fraction
like how much of each bed a plant takes. Example Arun and Arjun are planting a
vegetable garden. To help, their mother has divided the plot into 12 smaller
rectangular plots. Arun and Arjun decide plant tomatoes so they plant 1/3 of
the garden as tomatoes, they plant half as many peppers they plant 2/24 onions
They also plant three times more lettuce than onions They plant the rest in
(9) Graphing of the Garden –
Gardens are a great inspiration
for practicing graphing. Bar graphs are great for showing how many of each type
of fruits and vegetables you can grow in garden. You can count, compare and contrast.
You can transfer this in pie chart.
(10) Money & Finance-
Children can sell extra fruit and
vegetables. Children can learn pricing, adding up the cost, making change etc.
I hope this is the list of ways
we practice math in garden! What else would you include.