Do you allow your children...

Do you allow your children to pick flowers? ๐ŸŒป I recently questioned this myself but the answer came out really clear. Yes, of course, but only when safe to do so.

A child must touch the flower to know the flower ๐ŸŒท. Children need to use all of their senses including touch, they can pull the petals off the stem, they can squish the flower in their hands. ๐ŸŒž This is exploration. We need to satisfy the child's need to touch and explore while respecting the needs of our community and ecosystem. I believe that a child who is in contact with nature will know nature and will protect it.

We can grow flowers specifically for picking and using in flower arranging ๐ŸŒน. Flowers like dandelions are plentiful at this time of year, flowers on native bushes are often plentiful and blossoms from fallen branches are beautiful in spring ๐ŸŒธ.

If we are providing cut flowers in the classroom or the home it's important that the children know and understand where the flowers come from ๐Ÿ’œ. Children may even respect the flowers and the gardens more if they are allowed to pick flowers themselves.

Speaking of flowers, which one is your favorite?


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