How to Use the Cards:
There are no wrong answers. Use the cards as Icebreakers, Problem Solving, Creative Inspirations, and Curriculum Ideas. Or choose cards you are drawn to and let the images and “seeds” spark your imagination. Come up with your own questions and simply let your imagination grow. With the Seeds of Inspiration Learning Card Deck, anyone can make an Outdoor Classroom.
From the moment you pick up this deck of cards, you can’t wait to use them. To begin with, they are aesthetically appealing with beautiful nature photos that hint at the activity suggested on the other side. Color-coded designs orient you to one of four categories of outdoor learning experiences: Art & Beauty, Learning Stations, Gardens that Feed, and those that Attract Wildlife. Each card provides two ways into the topic: a hands-on experience, and a challenge to extend this by thinking deeper and inviting unique explorations. Each of the activities offers numerous connections to the basic curriculum in school and beyond; there are suggestions for discovering connections to math, literacy, the arts, history, social studies, and science. Grounded in theory such as loose parts, integrated and transdisciplinary learning, and environmental education, these cards are sure to be an instant go-to resource for teachers both new to and experienced with outdoor learning.
Professor of Education
Co-director of The Teaching Gardens of Saint Michael’s College
The Seeds of Inspiration Cards are absolutely beautiful and colorful. You can use the cards in so many ways. I shared these cards with Refugee Families to discuss the importance of taking children out in nature. These cards bring a lot of discussion on the research and how being in nature benefits children. These cards also brought memories for families as they remember the country they left behind. These cards are universal as it can be used in any program and in any country in the world.
British Columbia, Canada