Ode to Little Gardeners on Earth Day
Every April, our shop is busy with custom orders for Earth Day events across the nation. The recent release of the National Gardening Association’s special report, Garden To Table, has shown a surge in gardening among households with children over the last 5 years. Not only is this good news for children — as gardening has been shown to increase knowledge retention in math, science, and reading, as well as promote healthful diet and exercise practices — but it’s also great news for the Earth! Environmentally conscious youth care about preserving our planet’s resources and work hard to recycle, reuse and repurpose items around them. They grow up with a connection to their natural world, and as a result, a responsibility to protect it.
But we’ve been pleasantly surprised by the amount of Pre-K products that have been included in our recent orders; it seems our gardeners are getting younger! More educators are putting pairs of Preschool Gloves on their students and tending Square Foot Gardens during recess. More caregivers are helping kids turn empty milk jugs into watering cans with our Sprinkle Spouts. And more parents are working side by side with their children in their backyard, each with their own set of tools. All of these hands-on activities help develop a child’s appreciation of their planet as a place that provides necessary resources and healthy food.
This Earth Day, we salute all environmental stewards — with a special thank-you to our littlest ones. And just for fun, here are 5 Easy Earth Day Activities to help you celebrate!