Does it seem like your kids are spending too much time playing with video games, and computers (never mind TV)? The disconnect with nature and outdoor activities seems more and more a concern to many parents and teachers.
As a result many parents and educators are seeking new and different ways to help get the kids to appreciate more of the natural world around them….and to re-connect with nature.
Accordingly, we have just opened a new section of our web site to help. This section (www.floralschool.com/KidsandFlowers.htm) features all kinds of FREE resources about flowers, flower arranging, gardening, nature and floral media for kids, their teachers and their families.
At Rittners, all of our workshop courses are geared towards adults. You may wonder why as a post secondary institution we added this section and these free resources.
I was motivated to play with this after doing a flower novelty class for a primary grade class in a local school. The excitement and enthusiasm of the kids was awesome.
We believe that kids are the future. Just as kids should have art experiences, musical, travel and athletic experiences, so too, it’s important for them to experience flowers, and nature.
This new section of our web site is very exciting. Videos teaching flower craft projects like how to make a turkey or snowman out of flowers, over fifty coloring pages relating to flowers and flower arranging, pictures of various kinds of flowers, word searches and puzzles are provided free of charge. In addition six bibliographies with over one hundred print and web based resources relating to kids, flowers and nature are provided.
This section of our website with resources for kids has been a labor of love. I’ve been working on this off and on for around two years. We hope that you and your families will enjoy it. Please spread the word about this. The more word of mouth this gets the better. We would love to see these resources get widespread use. And we hope to add to these materials depending upon the feedback that we get back.