Summer is here! The sun is out and your kiddos are out of school! Now is the time to gather their bundle of energy and find some fresh ways to focus it, while at the same time building quality time together, instilling creativity, teaching about the environment and imparting great values such as mindfulness, giving, nutrition and sustainability (all values, I sure want my kiddos to have!). Now let’s start to plant some ideas and watch them grow by implementing this fun activity to do with your kids this summer.
Planting a seed and taking your kids (best for 5+ years) through the lifecycle of tending to it and watching it grow is a great analogy to use to teach them the importance of nutrition and environment for nourishing their own bodies. I suggest using mint (and we’ll also be using this herb in an upcoming recipe blog), but you can also do this with flowers, or any other plant, fruit, veggie or herb of your choice.
Before you get started, have a conversation around the following elements to get your little ones to associate the planting cycle with their own bodies:
Seeds are like our bodies. What you give the seed and how you care for it will affect how well it grows, how good it tastes, and how bright of a color it gives. Just like us, the food we put into our bodies, the water we drink, the people we surround ourselves with, the things we tell ourselves and the places we live all affect how we feel physically, mentally and emotionally, how our entire body performs, and how much energy we have to do the things we love.
The soil in which we plant the seed is like the environment in which we live, and the nutrition we receive. If we have organic, nutrient rich soil, our plant may grow faster and stronger and may taste better and have a brighter color. The food we eat also affects how we grow and how we feel. If we put lots of good nutrients into our bodies, we will feel energized to do all the things we want to do. If we don’t, we can feel sluggish and tired.
A vital part of keeping plants and ourselves healthy. We cannot live without water. If we didn’t ever water this plant, it would not grow and would eventually die. We need water just as plants need water and the type of water we drink can affect how we grow and feel as well.
A vital component to this plant’s health as well as our own health. If this plant doesn’t get enough sunlight, it will not grow and thrive. We also need sunlight to get Vitamin D and to be our best and happy selves.
We need to water the plant and check it often to make sure it is taken care of. We can also say nice things to it. When we check in with ourselves often and say nice things to ourselves we can help ourselves grow as well.
Don’t be surprised if they start asking for broccoli and carrots for their next meal 🙂
And now the REAL fun begins. We’ll be taking some of those fresh mint leaves and making some 5-minute mint chocolate chip coconut ice cream cubes with the kiddos (coming soon!): Another fun activity to do with your kids this summer! Until then, mint is the perfect ingredient for any organic baby food you’re making at home (or in Once Upon a Farm Wild Rumpus Avocado)!