My good friend Bethe Almeras went on a rant yesterday over at the Grass Stain Guru, with her post “Why Your Yard Shouldn’t Go Disney.” This rant is so good you should go read it right now, and then come back here. Go ahead, I’ll be waiting when you get back
Really? Disney yards?
I’m with Bethe:
Do us all a favor, turn off the TVs and head out into your regular old yard with your kids. Hunt for four leafed clovers, make dandelion crowns and watch fireflies dance like fairies. Give your children something that is really worth remembering.
I say build wildlife gardens, not Disney yards for kids.
Creating wildlife gardens and activities to teach children about the natural world around them is one of the best gifts you can give to the kids in your life.
Wildlife gardens create a space to share the wonder of nature with children, and in my opinion are way more valuable than any tv show or computer game.
So, instead of “Going Disney” in your yard why not try some of these activities:
My wildlife garden has become a magnet for the kids in my neighborhood. They know that I can show them where the Robin made it’s nest, where the Monarch laid its eggs, and where the raccoon spends the day.
We turn over rocks to look for snakes and bugs. We lay in the meadow and see who lives there. We watch the wren go back and forth from the brush pile to the bird house carrying insects back for the babies with each trip. We try to guess which flower the bumblebee will visit next.
The truth of the matter is, we don’t need any special equipment that costs any money at all.
All we really need to have is a sense of wonder and allow our imaginations to run wild. These precious moments in time are some of my most-cherished memories. I’m hoping my little neighborhood friends feel the same way!
What memories are you creating in your wildlife garden with the children in your life?
Carole Sevilla Brown lives in Philadelphia, PA, and she travels the country speaking about Ecosystem Gardening for Wildlife. Check out her new free online course Ecosystem Gardening Essentials, 15 free lessons delivered to your inbox every week.
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