"To plant a garden is to believe in the future"


Give Them What They Need - A Children's Garden

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The amount of time young children spend looking at screens is beginning to raise more than a few eyebrows. From attention deficit and anxiety disorders, to sleeping and behavioural problems, many parents and paediatricians are noticing a growing (and problematic) trend. 

Some paediatricians have estimated that up to 80% of their patients who are medicated for ADHD, anxiety, depression and mood swings do not have these disorders at all. They don't need mind-altering drugs, they need less screen time and more interaction with the natural world around them. 

According to a report by Common Sense Media, Children 8 and younger spent about 15 minutes a day staring at a mobile screen in 2013 and now they spend 48 minutes a day. The same report also found that 42% of children 8 and younger now have their own tablet devices, a steep increase from 7% four years ago. Whether we like it or not, our children are plugged-in and it's our job to help them escape from the "wired and tired" cycle. Children's brains grow by 300% in the first year. These tiny, miraculous minds need real world challenges and learning activities. For example, a child can see a plant grow on a screen, but this is two dimensional. There is nothing else for them to learn. It's time to reduce screen time and let your child experience the real life process of their very own children's garden.

Learn about the good tech

As parents, teachers and caregivers - what can we do? Start with learning what good tech there is out there. Products like the Grow Book™ have bridged the gap between tech and real life learning, creating a children's garden that even kids of the technological age will love. It can be difficult to excite children today with the simple (necessary) things in life, but by using technology to simplify the growing process - Grow Book™ has cultivated a tool for the whole family to love. 

Let them make a mess!

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Children need to get messy. Let them play in the dirt, again - with learning tools like the Grow Book™, this does not have to mean a huge clean up for Mom and Dad (or a huge garden project outdoors). Humans are living, breathing organisms in the world. And we need to interact with the earth to maintain a truly healthy and happy lifestyle. This is the same for humans of all ages. Even our children need to feel rocks on their feet, dirt in their hands and experience life growing right before their eyes. With the Grow Book™, your children's garden is now mobile, accessible and organic.

There's so much to learn

From feeling the texture of the soil or plant leaves, to smelling and tasting the garden and its plants - there's an endless supply of lesson within a children's garden. The plants are visual works of art, in color, tones and shades - stimulating all of your child's senses. Literacy and biology lessons can be taught with a children's garden as well. Learning the names of different plants and what their growth requires are wonderful ways for children to begin experiencing the natural world around them.