Virtual Field Trip to a Children’s Garden

June 23rd, 2006 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Recommended Website:
The 4-H Children’s Garden at Michigan State University

ClickSchooling list member Deanna Germany recommended this site when she wrote, “When it comes to gardening my friends joke and say I have a black thumb. That’s why I have enjoyed finding this garden website to show my boys! There are so many things to do and explore! My four year old especially enjoys the virtual Kid’s Tour!!!”

The 4-H Children’s Garden at Michigan State University is a real garden designed to promote an understanding of plants and the role they play in our environment and daily lives while nurturing a sense of wonder, curiosity and delight. The garden provides hands-on learning activities for children who visit in real time.

For those who don’t live close enough to explore the garden — you can take a virtual tour at today’s site to see the important part plants play in a child’s daily life. From the first cereal bowl in the morning to the last popcorn snack at night. . . we use plants every day. This is a media-intensive site so allow a few minutes for the downloads to complete before you take the tour.

There are over 56 individual theme areas within the virtual Children’s Garden at the website — and all of these relate to a child’s life in some way. If you go to the Garden Overview page, you can see the subject areas that include the Butterfly Area, Treehouse Area, Rainbow Area, Pond Area and more.

Click on any area and a new page opens with a menu of theme gardens within that area. For example, in the Treehouse area you’ll find:

  • The Perfume Garden
  • Peter Rabbit Garden
  • Little Prairie Garden
  • Sense-Sational Herb Garden
  • Pizza Garden

Click on a theme garden — for example, the Peter Rabbit Garden, and you can see all of the plants mentioned in Beatrix Potter’s beloved children’s tale. Or click on Pizza Garden and see all of the plants that help to make your pizza taste great!

This is a delightful website sure to make your children’s imaginations grow.

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