LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Here are four ideas that can open your children’s eyes (and other family members, too) to the wonders of dirt, plants and growing (thanks to Jennifer Duffield White at GreenTalks).
Play in the Dirt – Designate a piece of ground in the backyard for kids to dig in. Research suggests that children strengthen their immune systems by playing in the dirt – and weaken those systems by avoiding it.
Plant a Tree, Flower or Shrub – and have your child adopt it. (Or adopt an existing one.) Put them in charge of watering and nurturing it. Make it part of their daily chores. Have them start a journal about it.
Plant Seeds – It’s the perfect time of year to start seedlings in the windowsill, or maybe even in the ground. Nurture their delight of watching a plant grow and get bigger each day by recording the growth with measurements and photos.
Press Flowers, Leaves, and Other Plant Bits – If you have access to even a little bit of backyard or nature, go on a collection hunt, and then press your findings between the pages of a heavy book or in a flower press. After they dry (about 7 to 10 days), turn them into an art project. If you collect and press every day, you can do an “unveiling” of a pressed page each day.
— Colorado Nursery & Greenhouse Association
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