6 Fun Ways To Teach Your Kids Herbs

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6 Fun Ways To Teach Your Kids Herbs

“We must take our children into the wild, introduce them to the plants, and teach them of their connection to the earth. In instilling in our children a respect for plant medicine, we not only care for their tender bodies but help pass along the seeds of a tradition that is as old as human life itself.” 

– Rosemary Gladstar

It is important to empower our children with the knowledge to be able to someday take charge of their, and their future families, health. It’s also important to pass along traditional knowledge and is a great way to connect with your kids while also connecting them with nature.

Here are six fun ways to teach your kids herbs…

Idea #1
Wildcraft: An Herbal Adventure Game

Wildcraft! is a great introduction to the world of edible and medicinal herbs for children of ALL ages. It’s a beautifully illustrated, nature based, educational, cooperative game created in the tradition of the classic board games. Kids love the “Chutes and Ladders” type of play. Wildcraft! features storytelling and fosters the imagination. It’s an herb game and an educational game. Wildcraft! includes a 20×20 inch game board, instructions, 4 player pieces, 52 plant cards, 52 trouble cards, 25 cooperative cards, and a spinner. It also comes with a downloadable story to enhance the story of the game.

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Idea #2
A Kid’s Herb Book: For Children Of All Ages

A Kid’s Herb Book makes learning about herbs and plants fun and educational for children. They follow the friendly elf, Mr. Greenleaf, through the plant “kin-dom.” They learn various uses of plants and they learn to appreciate vital things that plants provide, such as oxygen, food, soap, wood, teas, and medicines. They will discover the differences between herbs, weeds, and spices. They learn to make products from herbs, such as natural toothbrushes and homemade cough medicine. They learn about the healing properties of specific herbs. And they learn enchanting stories that can be read aloud and that awaken the imagination.

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Idea #3
Medicinal Plants Coloring Book

Informative fun-to-color guide features 44 botanically accurate drawings of such plants as foxglove, belladonna, mayapple, valerian, dandelion, chamomile, quinine, arnica, burdock, tamarind, lobelia, and many more. Captions describe plant’s coloration and physical characteristics, geographic distribution, and medicinal uses. Invaluable identification guide; also source of royalty-free plant illustrations.

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 Idea #4
Walking The World In Wonder: A Children’s Herbal

Walking the World in Wonder covers the medicinal and magical uses of sixty-seven common herbs. Each herb playfully introduces itself and talks about its habitat and many uses. With fun, easy-to-follow activities, herbalist Ellen Evert Hopman teaches children basic herbal skills and invites them to make a sunflower seed mosaic, sew a catnip-filled mouse, and dig for Jerusalem artichoke roots. The book also includes simple recipes that children can use, with adult supervision, to treat minor ailments–peppermint tea to soothe a troubled tummy or horse chestnut salve to heal a scraped knee.

Sixty-seven full-color photographs enable children, parents, and teachers to identify these herbs during walks and field trips. Walking the World in Wonder gives children a direct and joyous experience of their connection to the natural world and inspires a lifelong interest in their own health and that of the planet.

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Idea #5
Herbal Knowledge Cards

These botanical Knowledge Cards come packaged in a convenient boxed deck and provide one of the most convenient methods for practicing botanical identification skills. Each deck includes 48 plants featured from nineteenth century botanical illustrations and are accompanied by text describing their appearances, habitats and medicinal uses. A great gift for those new to herbal medicine as well as seasoned botanists.

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 Idea #6
10 Herbal Activities For Kids

This blog post from the Mountain Rose Herbs blog reveals ten activities you can do with your kids to get them interested and involved in herbs. Ideas include getting your kids to start their own herb garden, working with them to make herbal medicines, encouraging them to start their own herb journal and many more. To see all ten activities, click the link below…

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How have you got your kids involved in herbal medicine? Leave a comment below sharing your ideas.


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Comments

  1. I love making herbal crafts with my kids! I try to make it as hands on as possible and when I can yummy! We have made everything from a rich moisturizing cream to wreaths decorated with herbs to playdough scented with herbs and essential oils to mint cookies. I also teach herbal classes at a little loving preschool which is a great delight. One way that I love to work with the kids at the school is by focusing on one plant at a time. If I can I offer them to opportunity to taste the herb and then work with it in a tactile way, often making something to take home and share witht the rest of their family!

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