Getting a case of Poison Ivy is a misery for your child, and a sure way of losing out on several days of summer fun.
It is well worth the time to educate your child about poison ivy, in the hopes that he or she will be able to recognize and avoid it when out in a wooded area or on a camping trip.
The following guest post comes from Carrie Dotson, Summer Nanny Jobs at www.summernannyjobs.com/blog
10 ways to make your children aware of Poison Ivy.
- Take them to a nature museum: A nature museum may have a pressed specimen of Poison Ivy if they don’t have any on property. Experts at the museum can speak about Poison Ivy, describing what it looks like.
- Have them color a picture of it: Since the shape of Poison Ivy leaves are the most important thing for identifying it in the wild, coloring a picture should help your child learn what it looks like.
- Show them a video online: There are visuals of Poison Ivy along with a lot of information about the plant. Check out this video on how to recognize and avoid Poison Ivy: http://www.howcast.com/videos/22122-How-To-Recognize-and-Avoid-Poison-Ivy.
- Read a book about it: Visit a library and check out a book about Poison Ivy. Ask your local librarian for an age-appropriate recommendation.
- Show them a live plant: Go on a hike in your area and find some Poison Ivy. Show your child where Poison Ivy tends to grow and how it grows. Showing your child how Poison Ivy can hide in among many other weeds and that it can be hard to see is an important part of teaching him to avoid it.
- Make a craft project: Have your child cut out Poison Ivy shaped leaves from green felt. Glue all of the pieces down onto another piece of felt.
- Let them try to draw the shape in shaving cream: Put some shaving cream down on the table and smooth it out. Illustrate the shape of the Poison Ivy leaves and then have your child copy you.
- Host a game show: Playing a game where your child answers questions about what you’ve taught him can be a fun way to review.
- Have a contest: See who can remember the most information about Poison Ivy and then give the most knowledgeable child a prize.
Teach someone else: Sometimes teaching someone else can help to solidify a concept in your mind. If your child has a younger sibling or friend, let him teach the sibling what he has learned about Poison Ivy.