Teaching kids how to feed themselves and how to live in a community responsibly is the center of an education.Alice Waters
As we stumble out from the gray skies of winter into the bluer skies of spring, there seems to be a collective moment to pause and notice the awakening of the world around us. Leaves and buds begin to appear on trees, birds build nests, shoots push their way up through soil and between sidewalk cracks. When we take time to notice life waking up to say “hello,” it’s a great opportunity to introduce the idea of growth to our children.
Research shows that children who spend more time positively interacting with nature end up valuing nature more as adults. This may lead them to make stronger choices about recycling, taking alternative modes of transportation, and becoming active in other conservation efforts.
And if you’re looking for a fun way to encourage outdoor time and mindfulness to the miracle of life all around us, picture books about gardening are a fantastic place to start. They teach children about plants and why they grow, and show kids that they can be a part of growing, cultivating, and eating flourishing gardens! Get ready to be inspired (and maybe just a little hungry) after reading these lovely kids’ books about gardening.
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