Introduction to Herbs for Kids

Introduction to Herbs for Kids

Welcome to our very special Introduction to Herbs for Kids series! Children are often fascinated by the natural world, learning from simple interactions with a puddle or a bug or a tree. This series of lessons caters to that natural inquisitiveness while introducing children to the world of herbalism in interesting and enjoyable ways. Written towards children, this is a series of lessons kids can enjoy reading on their own or with a parent. With plenty of hands-on activities, printables, and herbal crafts to try, your child will be learning the basics of herbalism while having a fun!

Introduction to Herbs for Kids

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Lesson 1: Meet My Friend Herb! Part One

Until we take a closer look, many of us don’t really know what an herb is or maybe even why we would use herbs. This lesson gives your child an introduction all the basics of herbalism answering such questions as- What is an herb? Why would I want to use herbs? What part of the herbs should I use? And how can I use herbs? You will also find information on safe use of herbs. There is a wonderful little guide to a few well-loved child friendly herbs with printable herb flashcards for study and a great word search to enjoy along with plenty of activity suggestions for kiddos big and small.

Introduce yourself to Herb here: https://theherbalacademy.com/introduction-to-herbs-for-kids-meet-my-friend-herb/

Introduction to Herbs for Kids

Lesson 2: Meet My Friend Herb! Part Two

In this lesson we learn even more about our friend herb! To really get to know plants It is important to understand a bit about botany. Knowledge of botany basics helps herbalists with things such as plant identification and it also gives them a kind of special language with which to communicate about plants. Like a mini science lesson, your child will learn the basics of plant morphology along with an introduction to plant names (botanical nomenclature) and their families. There are some great experiments to try and printables to fill out!

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Introduction to Herbs for Kids

Lesson 3: A Kid’s Herbal Pharmacy

Now that we have all become acquainted, it is time to start really using and enjoying herbs. Here your child and you will find all the information needed to make and start using herbs in fun hands-on ways that kids love. Learn how to make kid-friendly herbal infusions and then use that infusion to make a bath, popsicles, and a compress! Also find out how to create poultices and infused oils for skin care. Find even more information about special herbs for kids, instructions for creating your own pharmacy notebook, and great crossword puzzle!

Come craft with us here: https://theherbalacademy.com/introduction-to-herbs-for-kids-a-kids-herbal-pharmacy/

Introduction to Herbs for Kids

Lesson 4: Keep It Simple

This very special lesson will introduce your child to the fine art of simpling. This term refers to the idea of getting to know and using one herb at a time. When focusing on just one herb at a time, people can really develop a close relationship with that herb. In Keep It Simple you will find special suggestions for getting to know five different herbs that kid’s adore. From tea tasting to experiments to building activities there is a lot here to enjoy!

Come make some good herb friends here: https://theherbalacademy.com/introduction-to-herbs-for-kids-keep-it-simple/

Introduction to Herbs for Kids

Lesson 5: Start Your Herb Garden

Does you child love playing in the garden? Do you often find them hanging out with the plants? Or have you and your kiddo dreamed of planting your own herb garden? If so than this lesson is for you! Filled with all the information you need to start growing your very own herb garden including a growing and use guide to help you fill your garden with herbs you child will love and a garden planning activity sheet.

Dig in the dirt with us here: https://theherbalacademy.com/introduction-to-herbs-for-kids-start-your-herb-garden/

Introduction to Herbs for Kids

Lesson 6: Adventures in the Herb Garden

If you are looking for more garden fun, this lesson is full of interesting and sometimes silly ways to enjoy your beautiful herb garden. You will find some crazy ways to sprout your very own seeds and ideas for attracting some helpful insect friends to your garden. When harvest time comes, this lesson gives you guidance for harvesting and drying the herbs you grew! After your herbs are all harvested and dried they will need labels to help you keep track of who is who, so we have some lovely labels for you to print and use.

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Introduction to Herbs for Kids

Lesson 7: Wildcrafting

Did you know that many of the plants you see around you in the world have been used by people as medicine or food? You can learn about the useful plants growing in the forest, by rivers and streams, in grasslands, and even in urban landscapes. With proper identification many of these plants can even be harvested and used! That is what this lesson is all about! We provide you and your child with the resources you need to get out into the wild and enjoy wildcrafting herbs!

Get wild here: https://theherbalacademy.com/introduction-to-herbs-for-kids-wildcrafting/

Introduction to Herbs for Kids

Lesson 8: Herbs Are Tasty!

Our last lesson is the most delicious because here we take herbs into the kitchen to make our food tasty and delightful. This lesson is filled with recipes and ideas for fun ways to cook with herbs. There is also a great chart to print out and keep on the fridge to inspire your kiddo to enjoy herbs in their food.

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It is our fondest wish that this series of lessons inspire your child to start walking the sweet herbal road. It is a life long journey, that leads to health, vitality, and an enduring sense of wonder!

Parents who want to enjoy learning even more about herbalism can join us with a membership to the Herbarium or even in one of our wonderful online Herbal Courses.

Introduction To Herbs For Kids: Herbs Are Tasty!

Introduction to Herbs for Kids

Everyone loves a tasty little something to munch on, and it is fun to cook up a yummy treat to share! You can make delicious food by using herbs when you cook. In fact, throughout history people have used herbs in their cooking to make their food tasty and healthy. When you add herbs to food, you get all of the wonderful healing properties from the herbs along with the special delicious flavor of the plants. So invite your herbal friends into the kitchen to help you cook up some tasty food for your family and friends!

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Introduction To Herbs For Kids: Wildcrafting

Introduction To Herbs For Kids: Wildcrafting | Herbal Academy | Wildcrafting for Kids Lesson - It is time to get to know your local plants because we can find wild herbal friends growing all around us!

Fun On The Wild Side

Take a trip outside your door and look down! What do you see? Do you see little plants growing? Perhaps it is one single little dandelion or maybe you have found a whole area of plants growing and thriving. You won’t have to go far to find wild plants! Sometimes wild plants found around homes, playgrounds, and even in the middle of the city are considered to be weeds, but they can be valuable as food and as herbal remedies. Wild plants from natural areas can also be helpful herbal friends for you and me!

Our most recent herbal learning in the Introduction To Herbs For Kids series found us playing in the garden. Now it is time to venture out to the wayside and wild places where beautiful plants grow all on their own. It is time to get to know your local plants because we can find wild herbal friends growing all around us! Continue reading “Introduction To Herbs For Kids: Wildcrafting”

Introduction To Herbs For Kids: Adventures In The Herb Garden

Introduction to Herbs for Kids

Are you dreaming of starting an herb garden and creating a special place for your new herb friends to live? In our last lesson we talked about some of the basics you need to start your very own herb garden. In this lesson we’re heading back out to the garden to learn more about starting plants from seed, how to harvest plants when the time comes, and ways to invite some special friends to help out in the garden. These are all great things to know when it comes to growing an herb garden. Add this to the gardening and herbal knowledge you have already gained during our adventure together in our series, Introduction To Herbs For Kids!

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Introduction To Herbs For Kids: Start Your Herb Garden

Introduction to Herbs for Kids

Make a home for your new best friends!

Have you ever watched a little seed sprout into life? Have you seen a baby plant grow into a big, beautiful plant? It is magical! You can be a gardener and help little plants grow! Invite some of your newly found herb friends to grow in your garden and take care of them so they will grow up healthy and strong.

If you have been following along with our Introduction to Herbs for Kids series, then you know that we have already explored a lot of the herbal world together. We have learned about making special friends with herbs as well as how to make some wonderful, fun things from our herbal friends plus much more. Growing herbs is also a wonderful way to work with plants and add to your herbal knowledge. Growing your own herbs is another way to learn about the plants in which you get to interact with them while they are fresh and vital. Using fresh herbs is a true delight because they are full of life, fragrance and flavor. Are you ready to start your own garden? Let’s go!

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Introduction To Herbs For Kids: Keep It Simple

Introduction to Herbs for Kids

Make A Special Friend

Do you want to become really good friends with herbs? One simple way to do this is by spending special time with each plant as you are learning about it and using this time to create a relationship together. It is like when you spend an afternoon with just one friend — you may become closer during that time together than you would if you were hanging out with a lot of friends all at once. You can do the same thing with herbs by working with and using one herb at a time. This process is called simpling by herbalists and it is a great way to get to know each herb you meet!

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Introduction To Herbs For Kids: A Kid’s Herbal Pharmacy

Introduction to Herbs for Kids

An Overview of Simple Herbal Preparations

Using our gentle herbal friends is simply a lovely part of life. Herbs can be used to keep you healthy and make you strong. They can also be used to help you feel better when you are sick. Creating herbal remedies is a way to show gratitude for the herbs and the Earth from which the plants grew. Once you get to know the herbs and how to use them, you will find that it is easy to make your own simple remedies.

We are going to talk about how to make four types of herbal preparations. You will also learn ways to use each preparation safely and effectively. When making your herbal pharmacy, it is important to engage your parent’s help and guidance. Try making some of these preparations together!

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Introduction to Herbs for Kids: Meet My Friend, Herb! Part 2

Introduction to Herbs for Kids

Meet My Friend, Herb! Part Two

Welcome! Thank you for joining us on our herbal adventure! In our last Introduction to Herbs for Kids lesson, we started learning about herbalism by answering questions such as “What is an herb?” and “How can I use herbs?” This week we are going to talk about a very special part of science that herbalists love because it is all about plants!

What do you know about plants? Do you know about the parts of plants? Do you know that plants have silly names? To learn about herbalism, it is important to know about plants. In fact, being an herbalist is like being part artist and part scientist. A great way to begin to be a scientist is to learn about botany.

Botany is a part of science that focuses on the study of plants. Knowing some basic botany helps herbalists to recognize plants, which is mighty helpful. Also, knowing about botany helps you understand the language of plants and the language herbalists use.

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Introduction to Herbs for Kids: Meet My Friend, Herb!

Introduction to Herbs for Kids

Meet My Friend, Herb! Part One

Hi Kids! I am so glad you are joining us! We are about to go on an adventure. An adventure into the green world of plants where we will find a magical world of healing and friendship.

Here we will start with some basics. What is an herb? How can you use herbs? Then over the next seven weeks we will learn how to make simple but effective medicines with much loved children’s herbs. We will also talk about planting a beautiful, whimsical garden, meeting our local wild herbal friends, and creating delicious recipes in the kitchen.

So are you all ready to learn about the magic of herbs and herbalism? It is such fun! Continue reading “Introduction to Herbs for Kids: Meet My Friend, Herb!”