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Mrs Fiddlesticks

Childrens Downsizer

Taking to a mum in the playground who said how eco-aware her daughter was, got me thinking that perhaps we could have articles and things to do for the next generation of ethical folk.

Could you write something? Perhaps an article describing a project that a child could do? Or a puzzle ( wordsearch?) or something for the kids to do?

I know there are many parents on here, so how can we help teach our children the thoughtful life skills we believe in ourselves?

Please note we have no intention of opening a childrens forum!!
Lozzie

I'd like to have a go at this, if no one else is already ..?

L x
tahir

Well done Lozzie, Julie's a bit busy with other things at the moment so perhaps you could talk to one of the following about it:

Judith
Gertie
Bugs
ButteryHOLsomeness

i'm also happy to do something like this

i used to teach 4 years olds many moons ago when i was in the states, had to do lesson plans and make up my own worksheets etc so this will be a trip down memory lane Very Happy

my dd who is 3.5 years old is also fairly aware and loves helping us with the recycling. she knows what goes where and gets on us if we don't put every scrap of unwanted paper in the recycling box!

kids catch on fast and i think this is really an excellent idea, good to keep them keen

i would also consider writing up a wee article on how kids can start growing their own seedlings for fun if anyone is interested Wink
tahir

Definitely interested buttery
Goxhill

Interested too. I work with children aged 2 years 6 months to 5+ years. We've just started a 'square foot' bed & it's going quite well now the seedlings are big enough for them to notice something's growing. Before that it was difficult to persuade them not to walk all over it.
sean

I'd appreciate tips on keeping children off a lovingly dug bed. More seriously, any input at all is always welcome.
tahir

I'll talk to some peeps, see what we can do.
Lozzie

I thought about a nuts-and-bolts article about my new allotment ... to prevent my children scampering joyfully over my newly dug/planted/manured rows, I have decided to make RAISED beds - with lasagne layers of muck and straw - a quick no-dig fix for someone starting late in the season. Whaddya rek?
Blue Peter

Lozzie wrote:
I thought about a nuts-and-bolts article about my new allotment ... to prevent my children scampering joyfully over my newly dug/planted/manured rows, I have decided to make RAISED beds - with lasagne layers of muck and straw - a quick no-dig fix for someone starting late in the season. Whaddya rek?


They'll trip over them Laughing Ours certainly would,


Peter.
thos

Blue Peter wrote:
Lozzie wrote:
I thought about a nuts-and-bolts article about my new allotment ... to prevent my children scampering joyfully over my newly dug/planted/manured rows, I have decided to make RAISED beds - with lasagne layers of muck and straw - a quick no-dig fix for someone starting late in the season. Whaddya rek?


They'll trip over them Laughing Ours certainly would,
Peter.


At 20 months, Harry wouldn't be able to resist climbing up and making mud pies. Come to think of it, the girls would probably do the same.
ButteryHOLsomeness

well at least the kids are less likely to urinate/defecate in your beds than local dogs and cats...we hope! Shocked
Mrs Fiddlesticks

thos wrote:


At 20 months, Harry wouldn't be able to resist climbing up and making mud pies. Come to think of it, the girls would probably do the same.


mine at 6 and 8 are still making mud pies!! I've given them their own area where they can indulge! I plan to put a den ( old shed) on a spare bit of plot for them. My theory is that if they are happy (ie not arguing/squabbling/throwing soil at each other/generally whinging) then I'm happy and can get on with my work!

Thanx for the interest guys!! I've not been on here much due to being busy with PTA, plot and life in general but sounds like there is something we can do here. Trying out a couple of articles and seeing what interest we get might be a good starting point. Building up a resource will take time but could be fun and worthwhile!
Goxhill

Um - don't bet on it, buttery - one of the lads at preschool did the first one!

Re mud pies, I realised after I'd set up the [not very] raised bed that I should have given them a digging area first. They're bound to want to dig etc and I suppose having a 'feel' for the soil is an important part of gardening.
Daydreaming

I was really pleased to find this nursery today - we need more like this!
http://www.theorcharddaynursery.com/
ButteryHOLsomeness

anyone that would like to help me create some articles or puzzles, games etc for the childrens downsizer pages please pm me!

i'm working together with a few other downsizers to create some fun and informative pages for three age groups: 3-6, 7-11 and 12-16 so if you've any ideas or can write an article or whatever please pm me Very Happy
Mrs Fiddlesticks

have PM'd you dear!
barefoot_boo

I'd like to get involved with the childrens downsizer pages. The area I'm particularly 'into' is helping children find ways to develop a genuine connection with their local environment/the natural world, and tends to revolve around seasonal crafts and activities (simple things like having a nature table etc). Would anyone be interested if I wrote a couple of articles along these lines?

boo
tahir

barefoot_boo wrote:
Would anyone be interested if I wrote a couple of articles along these lines?


Not arf love.
Bugs

barefoot_boo wrote:
Would anyone be interested if I wrote a couple of articles along these lines?


Just a bit! Sounds marvellous Boo, PM me if you've any questions about how to submit etc, we are about 2-3 weeks ahead at the moment so no absolute rush to get them in but very very welcome whenever you can! Thanks!
barefoot_boo

We're off for a few days camping down in Dorset this weekend (a plus side of not having any livestock anymore - would still rather have my chooks, goats and 1/2 acre though!), so I'll take my notebook and see what I can come up with. Smile
barefoot_boo

Just to let you all know I haven't forgot about this, but have work coming out my ears at the moment so haven't yet been able to grab time to do it - its still very much on the to-do list though, and I hope to have at least *something* ready by the end of the weekend. Hope thats OK. Smile
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