Kids love boardgames and now you can teach your children about edible and medicinal herbs with Wildcraft! – a nature-based board game that puts the fun in to plant-lore.
Wildcraft! is a beautifully illustrated game which teaches about 25 important edible and medicinal plants and their uses in mostly first aid situations, created in the tradition of a classic board game.
A bit like Snakes and Ladders, Wildcraft! instead has waterfalls to slide down, logs to cross and deer trails to wander down. As well as teaching children about wildcrafting – the harvesting of wild plants – it also encourages team work and co-operative play.
The game, which is suitable for kids from age four plus, takes game players through several ecosystems while going up the mountain. Plants on the board are positioned in the ecosystems they would naturally grow in. Therefore, players are learning about plants, where they grow, and what to use them for on several levels.
Through storytelling, Wildcraft! teaches players about plants, safety, and sustainable and ethical harvesting. Plants include nettle, dandelion, echinacea, field mint, and wild rose.
Wildcraft! was created by husband-and-wife team, John and Kimberly Gallagher, and illustrated by naturalist and artist, Beatriz Mendoza. The couple, who are also behind the LearningHerbs learning centre, created the game to engage their then five-year-old son in learning about nature through creative game play.
Wildcraft! is available to buy online from LearningHerbs
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