This quote from Luther Burbank speaks to the importance of childhood exploration of the natural world. In my opinion, the best natural toy is a garden. There are many tiny creatures to explore and the wonders of plant life never cease to amaze a child. Our strawberry and raspberry patch are amongst my children favorite haunts. They also love to explore the garden with their friends. I have also found that children are more prone to try and like foods they have grown themselves. For example, my daughter’s favorite vegetable is kale! Of course, organic gardening is best.