Welcome to the Children in Permaculture Activities section
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Holistic Planning

Theme:
A. Introducing permaculture
B. Living nature
C. Design
D. Growing food
E. Built environment and resource use
F. Social permaculture
Holistic planning (HP):
Eyes
Hands
Heart
Head
Age:
3-6
7-12

Theme  Topic  Sub Topic Age HP Details
Connections Patterns Create your own pattern (like a mandala, or spiral).
Connections Patterns Make prints from leaves, bark, shells and other interesting natural textures and patterns.
Connections Patterns Dance in a pattern, e.g. a spiral.
Connections Patterns Play percussion instruments together, with groups following different rhythms that combine together like an orchestra.
Connections Patterns Listen to stories about the patterns of nature - patterns of the seasons and other natural cycles.
Connections Patterns Learn about the different seasonal patterns.
Connections Patterns Learn about the different patterns which exist in nature (spiral, branching etc.).
Design Surveying the landscape and people Learn about the history of the place and indigenous/traditional knowledge in the area
Design Surveying the landscape and people Make maps and diagrams about information gathered
Design Surveying the landscape and people Make a map with overlays of the different microclimates in a garden - sun/shades, wet/dry, wind/shelter.
Design Surveying the landscape and people Interview, or create a questionnaire/survey to give out to, children, friends or other people about their needs and wishes for the design.
Design Surveying the landscape and people List all the different resources which you have that could be relevant, e.g. using headings of paste (plants, animals, structures, tools and events).
Design Surveying the landscape and people Appreciate the designs in nature that help natural systems to work well.
Design Surveying the landscape and people Appreciate the designs in the human environment that help systems to work well.
Design Surveying the landscape and people Explore the basics of map reading and making (e.g. bird’s eye view, scale, north, title, key).
Design Surveying the landscape and people Become familiar with common natural patterns e.g. branching, spiral, sphere, webs, concentric circles, scatter.
Design Analysing what you found out Experience or observe other people doing an analysis and help as far as possible.
Design Analysing what you found out Collate (pull together) information gathered in the survey stage, draw into mindmaps, diagrams, or lists with different headings.
Design Analysing what you found out Decide what the main functions of the design are, possibly writing out goals (what we want to achieve from the design).
Design Analysing what you found out Play with 'random assembly' with cards (each person has a card with an element drawn on it) move around the room putting different elements (identified in your survey) together in unusual ways (using different prepositions) to see if something new can emerge (e.g. wormery +in+raised bed = worm tower in raised bed).

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