Wildcrafting is the practice of harvesting plants from their natural, or “wild” habitat, for food or medicinal purposes. It applies to uncultivated plants wherever they may be found, and is not necessarily limited to wilderness areas. Ethical considerations are often involved, such as protecting endangered species. When wildcrafting is done sustainably with proper respect, generally only the fruit, flowers or branches from plants are taken and the living plant is left, or if it is necessary to take the whole plant, seeds of the plant are placed in the empty hole from which the plant was taken. Care is taken to only remove a few plants, flowers, or branches, so plenty remains to continue the supply.
So, I have been interested in herbs for a LONG time. I was excited when a friend told me about this game! I finally decided to buy it when my kids were studying Botany. I have not regretted it!
First, we are all at Grandma’s house and she wants us to go collect huckleberries from the top of the mountain. She has already taught us how to wildcraft, so we gather herbs along the mountain trail. (We pick up herb cards)
Sometimes, we land on a spot to draw an ailment card. Hopefully, we’ve collected the herbs listed on the ailment card that can help to heal it. (matching the pictures on the two cards.) There are many herbs that help to heal the same ailment. If we don’t have an herb to heal ourselves, another player can help us out. I love how the game encourages not only learning, but working together to accomplish the goal. It has been fun for the whole family.
So, while this game is not specifically for homeschoolers, it is a great help for instilling a love of learning about herbs.
If you purchase this game through the original site, you get a whole lot more with it… a chapter book, recipes, etc. Check it out!
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