1. the quality of being kind, tender, or mild-mannered.
2. softness of action or effect; lightness.
Each child picked out their own pot and planted their little succulents. The advantage of each child having their own pot is that the child can take responsibility for their own plants, and they can see the total of their efforts at the end.
Then it happens automatically. I don't need to tell or ask my three-year-old to be gentle, it just happens. As does concentration and a state of flow.
Those little fingers are being gentle!
Controlled, considered movements.
Then care and responsibility.
The child is rewarded with beautiful plantings.
There are other practical life activities in the garden, indoors or out that promote gentleness including leaf dusting, watering, planting seeds, planting a herb garden. Don't be afraid to try some of these with your young children!