Getting Ready for Earth Day – Resources for Kids 2020

by Christine Sine

In the last few years, many parents are discovering how wonderful it is to get outside in the garden with their kids. As I have mentioned before, gardening, and interacting with nature is good for our health and well being, especially for that of our kids.

Living near nature dramatically impacts our health and interaction with nature decreases the health gap between rich and poor. Contact with nature helps children to develop cognitive, emotional, and behavioral connections to their nearby social and biophysical environments. Nature experiences are important for encouraging imagination and creativity, cognitive and intellectual development, and social relationships. (Read the article) Kids in particular who suffer from nature deficit disorder and attention deficit disorder can have their symptoms alleviated by spending more time outdoors.

The Permaculture Research Institute has a great 4 part series on “Getting Kids into Gardening”:

Edventures with Kids has one of the best list of resources for kids tools, plants to grow and activities to do in the garden that I have come across.

Curriculum for Children and Gardening

From Presbyterian Church: Practice just eating

 Jewish Children’s Garden Curriculum is an excellent resource developed by the staff of Shalom Children’s Center at the Asheville Jewish Community Center.

From National Gardening Association

Kid’s gardening 

From Container Gardening for kids

Kids Gardening and “helping young minds grow.”

Ideas for Kids Garden Crafts

Painted garden sticks 

Recycled hubcap becomes a mosaic garden

A couple of great Earth day videos for kids:

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It’s Earth Day. Let’s get dirty. April 22, 2016 - 5:51 am

[…] And here’s a link for many more Earth Day activities with children worth doing all year […]

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