I think we’re a pretty eco-friendly family, or at least we try to be. We recycle, have a backyard compost pile, a rain barrel to collect water… we buy organic foods and local when we can, we try to stick to all-natural products, especially for skincare and cleaning supplies… we turn off lights and appliances when not in use…
So of course we plan to raise Ryan the same way. I mean, it’s not something we really think about teaching Ryan–kids observe everything and do what their parents do.
At 2 years old, Ryan knows garbage and he knows recycling. He will run to a room we’re not using and yell “OFF! OFF!” if the light is on. These aren’t things we’ve taught him, just things he has picked up on.
Our new house has a huge backyard and we’re really excited to make plans in the spring for an entire garden. I can just picture Ryan helping with the plants and he is going to love it! Until then, we found a little kit online that helps teach kids about the environment and being eco-friendly.
The Gigglin’ Garden Gang is a really kid-friendly website with videos and songs and a great group of characters, including Sunflower Suzi, that help teach kids the importance of being green.
They have a kit (available to order online soon, they’re still updating their site!) that comes with a book, sing-along CD, tote bag, and seeds to plant. Perfect! It has a little tray for the discs of dirt and seeds so you can start your planting indoors. We got the kit for Ryan and he loves the book and dancing to the CD, but his favorite–by far–is the seeds!
Each well in the tray has a disc of dirt. You add warm water and the dirt expands as it soaks in the water. You add your sunflower seeds to the dirt, put the tray in a sunny area, and watch them grow! Ryan is going to be so proud as he watches his flowers grow and then in the spring we can move them outside! I’m excited too I love sunflowers!
This kit is awesome and I think it’s a great idea to get kids involved with the environment and excited about being outside. Ryan is always so proud of things he has made himself and now he gets to watch something he planted grow into something wonderful.
Watch for updates from the Gigglin’ Garden Gang–lots of great things coming!–by liking them on facebook and following them on twitter. If you want to read more about my experience with their website and research of this product, check my google+ story!
~This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All photos and opinions are my own.