category : Biodiversity and nature preservation
The Green Hands project has several goals: in a modern world where there is no contact with nature, to unlock children’s curiosity about nature and the plant world, to allow children’s hands to touch the natural materials and processes around us, all that is related to plant growth and development.
Saplings; vegetable seeds, plastic buckets; small digging tools (shovels) ‘Parents can be invited to the planting.
Reflection in an eco-diary
The eco-diary serves each child to set their own goals and to be able to reflect their implementation. Observations on natural objects (plants or animals) are described / drawn. Collect photos, drawings of the plant and place in the eco-diary.
Stages of the project
Planting activity planning
This is an important stage, as children learn when to plant or plant a plant – a tree, shrub or herbaceous plant. In this way, they learn that spring is the time for planting and that it is important for future plants to take advantage of the most favourable months of the year.
Caring for the selected plant (tree, shrub or flowers)
Determining shifts for certain care such as watering, adding enrichments, weeding, etc., teaches children responsibility for living beings, makes them careful and conservative environmentalists.
Choice of location
The place of planting is especially important. The fact that we cannot plant, for example, a tree where we wish, so as not to disturb an ecosystem, gives the knowledge that the balance in nature is vital and any human intervention can be a problem. It teaches respect for the wisdom of nature, which has so precisely created and carefully distributed the species in the appropriate places.
Allocation of time and tasks
This task teaches children how to allocate their time. Certainly children have other equally important activities and allocating time for each of them is a complex task that is part of the ability to allocate personal time. Everything related to the plants and their care is in a certain time range – it cannot be postponed, because the plant will die.
The parents for that significant part of the project, without which it cannot be realized. Without the support of their parents, children cannot start the project. Their understanding and cooperation is of utmost importance. Children also become teachers to their parents in this endeavour with the idea of its growth – planting plants, arousing interest in ecology and nature conservation through responsible attitude and management of its resources.
Additional activity: Creating a fairy tale / story / comic with the main character – the plant. Recording the works or placing them in the eco-diary of the plant. This activity develops the imagination, works to increase language competence and at the same time reflects the care for the creations of living nature.