A Spring Quest of Discovery
Getting kids to turn off the TV and go outside doesn’t have to be a struggle. It can be as simple as opening a book about chipmunks, bringing home the feather of a local bird, or looking at pictures of herbs and rocks. Every season offers different opportunities for children to explore outside and experience firsthand the wonders nature has to offer, but what better time to start the quest of nature and self-discovery than spring!
Inner Traditions offers a variety of books that show children different ways of looking at nature, Mother Earth, and the Cosmos. (And many books on these topics for adults too!)
In How Would it Feel? Mary Beth Goddard takes children on a journey of fantastic proportions, inviting them to imagine a playful interaction with the natural world. How would it feel to ride on a breeze. . . splash down with the rain . . . play tag with the sun . . . or wake up in a flower? Children and parents alike will have an opportunity to view the world from widely varying perspectives, such as high in the sky or deep under the sea.
Walking the World in Wonder by Ellen Evert Hopman identifies 67 common herbs that could be found on a walk or field trip, including full-color photographs of each plant and simple recipes that children can make. Likewise, Color Your Life with Crystals by Margaret Ann Lembo is an introduction to gemology that provides youngsters with a basic understanding of crystals, the chakras, the power of colors, and the importance of positive thinking.
The Ancient Celtic Festivals by Clare Walker Leslie and Frank E. Gerace is a charming illustrated book that explores the ancient Celtic roots of many of our modern holidays and provides hands-on activities and projects for observing the natural cycle of the seasons and new ways to enjoy traditional celebrations.
Celebrating the Great Mother by Cait Johnson is a handbook that shows children rituals that celebrate seasonal cycles, inspiring kids to reclaim the spiritual roots of today's modern holidays. Similarly, Witch in the Kitchen, by the same author, celebrates the sacred in each season with more than 80 soul-satisfying and appetizing recipes. Johnson includes rituals, spells, and meditations for the 8 pagan holidays, inspirations for creating a kitchen altar, and ways to prepare for each season, as well as ideas for decorating your kitchen with objects of power and magic, to align our bodies, spirits, and senses to the pace and mood of the Earth's changes.
Animals in the Stars by Gregory Crawford is a wonderful introduction to the foundations of Chinese astrology and a perfect resource for the child seeking to know more about Chinese culture, zodiac animal characteristics, relationship dynamics, or esoteric traditions, as well as those seeking the simple fun inherent in the combination of astrology and animals.
This simple shift in perspective can turn out to be the opening of a door into a whole new world: the world of astrology, plant life, Celtic tradition, or witches. A space that is separate from their daily routine and responsibilities, but nevertheless a place that can be more fulfilling because it is always there and it is very much their own.
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