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 The big family of nature: all of nature is connected and we all need each other Spot evidence of an animal eating a plant or animal.
Connections The big family of nature: all of nature is connected and we all need each other Hunt for signs of Funny Fungus' roots and fruits: look under logs for mycellium, around trees for mushrooms, mould on old fruit.
Connections The big family of nature: all of nature is connected and we all need each other Listen to a story about a tree, and how it is connected to each of different animals, mushrooms and plants (children can be included e.g. through climbing the tree, eating it's fruit etc).
Connections The big family of nature: all of nature is connected and we all need each other Listen to stories about connections, such as the books "All I see is a part of me" by Chara Curtis, "The Lorax" by Dr. Suess, "Uno's Garden" by Graeme Base.
Connections The big family of nature: all of nature is connected and we all need each other Express how you feel about something natural through interacting with it, e.g. hug a tree, stroke an animal, smell a flower, jump in a puddle, slide in mud.
Connections The big family of nature: all of nature is connected and we all need each other Find out about fungus and explore the big family of nature.
Connections The web of life See and experience diverse natural systems, with lots of different types of plants, animals, fungi and bacteria.
Connections The web of life Experience a natural system (e.g. a native woodland) whilst blindfolded, how many different bird songs can you catch? How many different species can you feel/smell/hear?
Connections The web of life Participate in the web of life activity: In a circle each person takes the role of a natural element (e.g. river/oak tree/mosquito/swallow). One person has a ball of string, s/he says what connections she has to another element (e.g. swallow eats fly; bat lives in tree) and throws the string to them, whilst keeping hold of the end of the string. This repeats until everybody is connected with the string in a web. It can continue until elements have many connections. Discuss that the string represents the invisible connections between all life. Observe what happens if one element is destroyed (meaning the child releases the string they are holding), continue taking out the elements and observe what happens to the web of life.
Connections The web of life Experiment with growing seeds: compare seeds which are given most their needs but no water, to one which has no sun, or air, or if a seed has all it's needs met.

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