Research conducted by the University of Technology Sydney, found that by including just 3 indoor plants in a classroom could increase maths scores by up to 14% and spelling scores by up to 12%. In this study, one class gave their plants names, which is a really fun idea and gives kids a greater connection to their leafy classmates.
NASA has done research that showed indoor plants can help improve air quality, with plants being able to soak up or filter toxic chemicals in the air that are emitted from plastics, furniture, carpets and cleaning products. The greater the number and diversity of plants, the better the effect.
Another study from the University of Technology demonstrated that indoor plants can reduce stress and negative moods, so there are multiple benefits in having a collection of indoor plants in classrooms. Consider classroom plants an investment in childrens’ health and IQ!
There are lots of hardy and low maintenance indoor plants that make ideal classroom green ‘helpers’ and are perfect for busy teachers. These are plants that will tolerate not being watered over the weekend, air conditioning and don’t succumb to too many pests or diseases.
Safety note – although it is unlikely for most children to eat or chew indoor plants, peace lily, philodendron and Devil’s Ivy can cause a burning sensation and swelling of the mouth and lips if ingested. So, it is important to keep these plants out of reach of young or inquisitive children.
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