Lets start with the little ones ... plant the seed early.
Clear and to the point. When a child asks: What is it?
Please consider for a moment, simply saying: a Plant.
It is truly that simple - IF we were forced to categorize 'it' we would indeed call it just that: Plant.
We over complicate enough for children as it is.
The next thing I would teach: It will not kill you. Unlike other plants.
We do not want them to poison themselves and die- this is why I would educate them on those plants first - and cannabis wouldn't be on that list- first might be deadly: Lily of the Valley- anyday now.
Tell them the truth.
Many people all around the world use this PLANT for a Natural Medicine and they have since the days of the mummy, possibly more. Most medicines are made from plants and just like all medicine, it should be used with some care & caution.
Then, I would let go and let them ask all the questions. I kept this drawing simple ( I have more complicated coming for the older coloring fans with a little Buddha vibe going on) this drawing has endless discussion possibilities and I've listed a few below:
-The sun and how it helps plants grow.
-Butterflies and their importance in the garden of life!
-Cannabis buds and how tasty they can be, some slightly peppery. * before I have any parents on my back about kids eating bud- please we cant get them to eat broccoli and it can be very peppery.
-How many sections does the leave have?
-What SEASON do you think is?
-Did you know - snails have teeth?
-Where do snails live?
-Do ladybugs bite?
-Why are ladybugs good in the garden?
-How many legs does this long bug have?
-How old are worms?
-What do worms do?
-How do roots work?
-Spell the word PLANT...
Anytime you sit in conversation with your children will never be a wasted moment, especially if we are teaching them to be better, non judgemental beings, and try to forgive those that put their parents in jail for a PLANT.
Have fun! Color! Crayons, Pencils, Paint!
The first few that send me a photo of their printed colored copies- I will mail you a post card! Just send me a message with a photo - the address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on the image below to download the free 'Cannabis conversation starter' for kids
(young & old) coloring page! PLANT.