Kids Commune with Nature

Kids can discover a safe and happy place in their organic food garden by creating a comfortable place to sit and experience the wonders of nature, write in a journal, or draw a picture, away from addictive electronics. In their happy place, kids can observe the sun, wind, and rain patterns in the oxygen rich environment in their garden. Kids can make a place for wildlife in their garden sanctuary and hang a bird feeder, set up a bird bath, create a pond, and plant shrubs and wildflowers that provide food and nectar for birds and insects.

Kids can learn their connection to the intricate web of life and get excited watching their fruits and veggies grow. All plants are living beings, capable of learning from experience. When a plant is submitted to drought or too much salt, it will respond by modifying its anatomy and metabolism to ensure its survival. When the same thing happens again, the plant responds biochemically, even quicker and more effectively. Plants also produce nectars to attract and repel insects. 

Kids can watch plants move in time-lapse films where the action is speeded up and watch the flow of water through the cell membranes creating the motion. The root system is the most important part of the plant, with tiny roots constantly advancing and gathering information about which direction to grow. More than 90% of plants have a collaborative relationship with mycorrhiza, a fungus that grows on plant roots. The mycorrhizal system has extremely fine filaments, which gives it a much greater surface area than the plants own roots for absorbing water and nutrients from the surrounding soil, giving energy to the fungus and the plant, while enriching the soil. 

Soil microbes called mycobacterium vaccae are found in healthy soil that make kids feel happy and relaxed when they are gardening. These antidepressant microbes in the soil have been found to improve cognitive functions, lower stress, and lift moods. Kids find that singing and dancing in their Spring Garden inspires the plants to grow big and strong. Kids can happily observe the natural happenings in their garden and contemplate the amazing life of plants.

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