Learning herbs with kids is fun, and it’s easy to do no matter where you live.
After years of buying calendula cream (a healing cream used for rashes, wounds and bites) we grew calendula, infused calendula oil and made homemade salve and calendula cream. After this first experience I wanted to dive deeper into learning more about herbs.
Now we grow a large herb garden for tea, medicine and culinary kitchen foods!
Ways to learn herbs with kids
- Great books (list down below)
- Playing educational board games
- Hands on activities using fresh or dried herbs
- Growing an indoor or outdoor herb garden
- Learn to forage
Some ideas for herb studies for kids
- Grow a herb garden and harvest for tea, medicine, or culinary delight! I recommend calendula, borage, sage, oregano, basil, catnip, lavender
- Learning with some wonderful herb books. Our favorite is Kid’s Herb Book, A: For Children of All Ages which includes folklore tales, recipes and crafts.
- Our family loves to play the wildcraft board game. We also use the cards for identification if we’re learning about a certain herb or wild plant. The wildcraft board game is from Learning Herbs which also offers the Herb Fairies book series. Once every spring they open up the Herb Fairies Book club, or you can buy the herb fairies books too.
- Make medicine for your family. I love Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbs for Children’s Health: How to Make and Use Gentle Herbal Remedies for Soothing Common Ailments.
- Herbal Root Zine is an online magazine. Each one focuses Check out their freebies page too for herb bingo & more.
- Go on adventure walks and learn how to forage. We enjoy harvesting medicinal elderberries and make elderberry syrup.
- Herb coloring books are fun and can help ask questions of what wild plants, wildflowers or herbs exist.
Learning herbs is great for homeschoolers or crunchy families that love making their own products from scratch.
Do you have any favorite resources that you’ve used?