Nature-Based Education

Our Garden

Please enjoy this look at The Little Garden School’s Garden throughout the past year. It has been a pleasure to watch the garden grow right alongside the children, and to watch their wonder at the process. Remember, a plant in a windowsill pot is a garden, too, so even if you don’t have an acre to invest, letting your child grow something to eat is a wonderful experience. For indoor goodies to grow, we recommend sprouts or microgreens (good in smoothies!), or herbs like rosemary and basil. Happy growing!

1000 Hours

Angela Hanscom, pediatric occupational therapist, author of Balanced and Barefoot tells us that, “Ideally, kids of all ages should get at least three hours of free play outdoors a day. A childhood that is filled with nature moments seems to be backed time and again by research. There are astronomical health, social, and developmental benefits that accompany time in nature.”

Are you looking for a way to get your family outside more? Here at TLGS we are big fans of 1000 Hours Outside. Visit their website to learn more and download beautiful paper trackers, or even explore their app where you can digitally record how much time you spend outside this year.

Freezing Fun

Got cold weather? Time for some science! Grab whatever you have on hand and freeze it: ice cube trays, muffin tins, balloons, bowls. Science doesn’t need to be elaborate to be fun and beneficial, it just needs to make us wonder and ask questions. Why did only some of the balloons freeze through? Why did the ice cube trays freeze faster than the muffin tins? Did the clear water freeze faster than the colored water? See what you can discover!

Mud Kitchen Challenge

When asked about their favorite childhood memories, many adults pull out thoughts of smushing berries, mixing mud, and “cooking” up mud and leaf soup. A mud kitchen doesn’t need to be huge, elaborate, or Pinterest-worthy. Do you have two upturned plastic planters and a board, like in the photo? A bin of dirt in an apartment bathtub? A few scoops and a bin to take to the local park? Is there a place near your home where you could create a little corner of muddy magic?