Do you allow your children to pick flowers? 🌻 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 🌷. 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. 🌞 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 🌹. 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 🌸.
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 💜. 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?