Introducing kids into the world of herbalism could be turned into an adventure and some quality time both for the little ones and yourself. So we have a couple of tips that could help you get your little ones actually excited about herbs.
#1. Herbs can be tasty. Kids love tasty! Simple treats like peppermint soda, homemade marshmallows, lemon balm popsicles can be their tasty, flavourful guides in the world of herbs, and it’s really simple to make them.
#2. Herbs can be fun. If your kids like to spend their time in the kitchen helping you out, or trying to cook their own masterpieces, making their own treats, like the one listed in point one, can be fun! Another kind of fun is herb-related games, like Herbaceous, Wildcraft!, Morels, Bingo, etc. Those are great ways to spend rainy days and learn more about herbs.
#3. Help herbs grow! Your kids can take keen interest in garden planning. How about creating a fairy-tale garden together, with mini plants. If your family’s go-to food is pizza, plant oregano, thyme, and basil. Talk to them about the use of herbs in cooking and for medicinal purposes. If your kids witness the way herbs grow, and take part in caring for them, they’ll be naturally interested in knowing more.
#4. Herbs can help channel creativity. If your kids like crafts, it might be a good idea to incorporate herbalism in their various DIY activities. Engage them in leaf rubbing and tell them about each plant. Look for some hard seeds to make jewelry. Draw or make plant versions of the kids’ favourite plants out of Sculpey clay. Purchase some oven-drying clay and press leaves into it while making bowls, magnets or decorative tiles.
#5. Become an outdoor adventurer! Plants are everywhere, all around us, all year round. Whatever weather or season, you can go on herbal scavenger hunt with your little ones. Look at tree shapes, explore the emerging plants if it’s spring, play a guessing game - which plant is that one?
#6. Introduce herbs into your kids’ self-care routine. Homemade lip balm, your own bath bombs, face masks, herbal toothpaste - informative, curious, healthy and, of course, useful.
What are the ways you’ve introduced your kids (or grandkids) to herbalism?
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