The Power of Green doesn’t stop at caring for the environment and doing your part to offset climate change. Studies are indicating that the direct interaction with plants and farming have various impacts to children’s general social disposition such as empathy, and their tendency to eat a healthier diet.
The simple act of planting a seed and nurturing it with water, light, and positive feelings brings a sense of accomplishment. Seeing the seed sprout for the very first time can be incredibly rewarding for a child during their formative years. Understanding the value of life in its simplest form is a rare event in urban environments. Lifestyles of fast and processed food quickly become defined as “normal”, rarely with a second thought. When a child understands the anatomy of plants, they come to realize how human beings are built from the inside. A connection with nature such as this stimulates the understanding that, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or belief system, we are all just part of one ecosystem. New levels of empathy and cooperation can be achieved.
The notion that “food comes from the grocery store” is far too common and causes a disconnect between urban dwellers and nature.
This leads to the belief that the simple (while important) act of recycling is enough to reduce human-made climate change. Growing the food themselves - accompanied with thoughtful education - children come to discover how significant food and plant-life are to not only everyday life, but to the environment as a whole, and how drastic shifts are required to contribute to recovery.
These discoveries also lead to healthier lifestyles. Children are simply not eating enough fruits and vegetables according to today’s most accurate dietary guidelines. Children who participate in the growth of food have a much larger appetite for fruit, leafy greens, and other vegetables. The food they’ve grown themselves are often requested at the dinner table, and “locally grown” become part of their grocery shopping vocabulary. This has a domino effect leading to choosing walking, biking, or public transit over driving, and the overall urge to play outdoors more often.
Children who engage in this lifestyle are far less likely to be hooked on the latest app and far likelier to engage in regular healthy socialized play.
Children who engage in structured learning featuring plants and farming will often share the knowledge they gain with friends and family. As parents, it’s easy to fall into the trap of firing up a quick pot of Kraft dinner due to busy lifestyles, but when your son or daughter asks to eat healthier, it’s impossible to ignore.
One of PlayBurg’s core pillars is to engage children in this category of structured learning with hopes to produce well-rounded kids that care for each other and want to the world to be a better place.