Children naturally love nature, they love dirt. My kids in particular love nature, dirt, mud, sand, all of it. Piper is age ten and I still catch her chasing butterflies, occasionally during a soccer game but that’s another post. I’ve been implementing different strategies from the book The Last Child in the Woods, highly recommend by the way. Any easy way to connect nature education with your children is teaching them about food and agriculture. Kid’s today are so smart technologically but are exposed to agriculture rarely. It’s a shame, and we should fix it fast.
When kids learn about farming or growing food in the garden, it teaches them about nature and nutrition. So I’m teaching the boys early. Learning about agriculture changes their relationship with food, they get excited to try new things. Learning about how food is produced at an early age will improve their knowledge on the environment and ecosystem. They will also learn how to become more responsible when it comes to food. It takes hard work to get those strawberries, let’s not waste them.
Ways to Teach Your Children about Farming
- Plant a backyard garden
- Plant a potted plant, Sweet potatoes have beautiful heart shaped leaves and are easy to grow.
- Visit a farm. Most farms welcome and enjoy visitors, especially cute children visitors.
- Your local Farmers Market is an awesome place for children to learn about farming.
- Ask questions in the produce section of the grocery.
- The library has so many farming books, I recommend the retro classic The Popcorn Book by Tomie De Paola
For more ideas on teaching your children about farming
Honest Elements is owned by the sweetest newbie farmer, and her dedication to nature and sustainability is one of my favorite things about her. You can recycle the clothing back to her when your kids grow out of it! Her printing process is chemical free with an eco friendly water based ink. You should go say hi to Sara!