The summer is a great time to keep kids connected to nature, whether you’re headed to the beach, the lake, the woods, the park or just your backyard, all that outdoor time is awesome! And we’ve found some great toys that are all about encouraging your kids to explore and connect with nature and the environment – but they’ll just think they’re having fun!
Do we even need to say it out loud? Toddlers and preschoolers can be really picky when it comes to food! We’ve heard that there are kids who will eat anything but we rarely meet them. So what do you do when your kiddo refuses to eat anything remotely green? Or when a two-year-old goes on a six-week binge of eating nothing but cottage cheese and crackers? (True story!) We’ve been there – well, we still are – and wanted to share some our most effective tips with you. These might work, or not, or work on some days… but they’re all worth a try.
It’s that time of year when our minds are turning to all the great things we can grow in our gardens (or on our patios, or in containers) with our kids this year. But while we love growing our own our enthusiasm outstrips our knowledge, which is why we turned to Shauna MacKinnon to answer our questions around what, when and why to grow with kids in the Lower Mainland. Shauna is a local food sustainability expert and mum, and she’s all about engaging kids, community groups and companies in her quest to make the world a healthier place through our food choices. She blogs about connecting kids with nature through gardening at www.littlebeanfarms.com. We’ve gone a little long today because she had so many great, green, growing ideas!