Planting is a fun and sensory stimulating activity that teaches kids how to measure, handle, take care, grow and nurture for plants and nature in general. I find it quite important to teach your kids these things, since they are things that we as humans have been doing since ancient times, and I believe that it’s a very important skill to master even in a modern world. It’s also a skill that I personally never learned from home and had to learn by myself in my adult life.
Even though I was brought up in a home full of plants, since my dad always was a bit of a plant nerd and had a trillion cacti and succulents in our house, he never taught me anything about these beautiful plants. So I had to figure it all out by myself as an adult and I am still learning and to be honest it’s not always the easiest to safe a potted olive tree or a lemon tree with brown spotted, curly leaves. It takes time to heal living plants, they can be a mystery. Which probably also is the reason why, the entire plant kingdom seems so magical to me. Succulents are just plain lovely, not just because of their amazing shapes, and how they change color, height and size depending on their situation. Too much light makes them red, too little light make them grow taller, if they have turned yellow or red, you can put them in the shadow for a few weeks and voila they are back to a fresh green color. But they are simply awesome because they are some of the easiest plants to keep in your home. They are almost indestructible and that is something I truly appreciate, since we usually have more than 100+ yearly travel days as a family, so plants that need constant attention, does not work very well with our lifestyle.
Some other super cool things about succulents, are; that they help absorb radiation and clean the air and energy of our homes. Some of them have healing gels inside their leaves, like aloe vera. They actually absorb our respiratory waste (carbon dioxide), which they convert into plant carbohydrates to build strong bodies that in turn create pure, clean, life-empowering oxygen for us to breathe, isn’t that amazing? And look how perfect they are, for practicing planting for little hands. Today we had some old succulents that needed a new “home” and last weekend “Peppinot” and I went to a gardening center and purchased a few new ones too. So today, we planted them into some small bowls/planters, a few new ones that I found at Søstrene Grene and some old Digoin earthenware bowls, we found on a vide grenier in Pézenas, a long time ago. Peppinot had much fun with this activity, and he even asked for more plants after we finished up. It was such a “hyggelig” activity to do with him. Planting makes you feel balanced, grounded and connected, it’s good for everybody. I love my plants and I always take good care of them and receive their love right back. Plants have a calming effect on me and that is also why I want to learn my son to take good care of plants, so he can learn to appreciate them and what they bring into our lives of joy, balance, love and hygge. He already helps me watering, planting, fertilizing etc. It’s just natural to learn him these things. We always have a really lovely and connected time when we are doing these kind of things and that is pure “Hygge” to me.
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