Teaching Children How to Garden with Nature

Gil Martin
Tuesday, 5th January 2016

Crafty plan to give away an educational board game to children's community groups that teaches children about nature and how wildlife helps us garden in tune with it.

'How Does Your Garden Grow?' is a fun educational children's board game that was created to teach children about nature and how wildlife plays a part in food production. This was commen sense at one time, both in schools and at home, but now-a-days parents don't have the time to spend with children and pass on valuable knowledge due to working all hours etc. And not every child has the opportunity to interact and experience nature or wildlife, so where does the respect for nature and compassion for wildlife build from if the child knows so little about it?

Instilling compassion for wildlife and respect for nature at an early age are the reasons behind this game.

We wanted to build a platform for children to start from, so we created a board game that did just that. Four players have between them a deck of cards, seasons, challenge cards and a blank garden; they learn about seasons, what plants are available, the need for compost, the need for beneficial wildlife and weather for their garden to grow and how mother nature will stick a curve ball in for good measure. They collect counters they will receive at the end of each season to build up their garden, the one with the most after 3 years will win the game after learning all that.

Because our background at the crafty project is to share knowledge and help where we can, we decided we wanted to make this board game 'How Does Your Garden Grow?' free to all children's community groups that applied for it around the world and the money to pay for the game and it's postage would be raised on a the campaign https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/crafty-project-4-kidz-campaign/x/12976459#/

Video link: https://youtu.be/6osmjbwrOXc

We also thought we'd help out some wildlife rescues as well and involve them on the campaign, so they will benefit too.

Rules to apply for the game: 

  1. If your group is large, please let us know, we may be able to send you more than one game.
  2. You must be an educational teacher for example: school, community project, children’s home, gardening club for children etc.
  3. Who are you and what part do you play in the children’s group.
  4. This game is aimed at children whom have little opportunities for interaction with wildlife and nature, explain in one paragraph why your group should have one.
  5. https://craftyworkshop.org/visiting-the-crafty-project/

Where to apply for the game https://craftyworkshop.org/contact/

Please remember we would like to give all whom apply for a game, but we can’t send any out unless we raise the funds to do so on the Indigogo campaign https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/crafty-project-4-kidz-campaign/x/12976459#/

Further Reading

Earth education: permaculture for kids

Outdoor Classrooms: a handbook for school gardens

Project Wild Thing: getting children back to nature

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