It’s spring and that means it’s time to take your homeschooling lessons outdoors! Whether you live in a city, suburb, or out in the country, now’s a great time to introduce your children to foraging.
With a little planning, learn how to use foraging to teach your kids science, math, English, geography, botany, poetry, art….your options are limited only by your creativity. And your time! That’s why I created our big list of 30 Foraging & Wildcrafting Freebies for Kids. You’ll find the link to it down at the bottom of this post.
Foraging and Wildcrafting as a Family
Foraging and wildcrafting as part of your homeschool is a fun family activity for all ages, and a great way to get everyone outdoors. We’ve foraged with our kids for years, and all across Canada including Ontario, Manitoba, and now the Northwest Territories. We’ve picked everything from blueberries to chamomile, raspberries to rosehips, Labrador tea, and of course, dandelions.
Foraging and Wildcrafting as Part of Your Homeschool
As one of the best forms of “hands-on” learning that engages all the senses, younger children learn important foraging safety lessons, like “don’t eat anything you pick without checking with Mom first!”
What Wild Edibles Should You Forage For?
Depending on where you live, foraging and wildcrafting (gathering herbs, plants, and fungi from the wild) will yield different greens and herbs. Some typical wild edibles in North American cities, suburbs, and rural areas include
- fiddleheads (must be boiled carefully prior to eating)
- wild asparagus
- wild onions
Review these foraging safety tips with your children BEFORE going out to gather herbs and wild vegetables. This is just one of the resources in our big list of 30 Foraging and Wildcrafting Freebies – see link at the bottom of this post.)
Also before you head out foraging, outfit your kids with a hiking or wilderness survival kit. We use items from our THiNK OUTSiDE BOXES to stock our backpacks before we go (use your exclusive discount code FIRSTBOX to save on your first order.) You’ll also want to add the following foraging supplies
- basket for collecting greens
- scissors for snipping
- a favorite plant or identification book
You’ll be all set!
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Sarita Harbour is a busy mom/step-mom blessed with seven kids ranging from age 29 down to five. She lives off the grid with her family in a lakefront chalet in the beautiful wilderness of Canada’s far north. Sarita is so grateful to work from home while giving her two youngest children a Christian homeschool education. She spends her days teaching, writing, and learning the ropes of homesteading off the grid. Visit her site, Off Grid Life, for free printables and resources on getting started with homesteading, off grid living, frugal living, foraging, and wilderness living skills for the whole family.
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