The Garden Classroom: 52 Kids Gardening Activities e-book appeared at just the right time for us. One morning I discovered our Grow Your Own Potato school kit would not be sent to us until next year and that our plans for the summer gardening experiments would not work as planned. That same afternoon this book arrived in my email. It must be what we are meant to do this year. And so much more than just potatoes, too!
We started learning new things even before the book began counting the activities. Do you know how to make an awesome up-cycled watering can for children using something very common in the home? Now I do; this shortens my list of things to buy for the children (and saves money to boot!) because theirs blew away last summer.
Within the pages of this book are ideas for making interesting and beautiful planters. Tips for making a garden even in the smallest of spaces. Ideas for recycled seedling planters, and some of them are biodegradable! There are suggestions for making your garden bird and bug friendly.
This book is easy to read, and the ideas easily implemented. Many activities use things you already have around the home. Why not give these things a new purpose on earth? It beats ‘junk’ cluttering up the attic, shed, or garage. You can turn ordinary things into beautiful works of art.
It’s good for kids to see the process of where food comes from, the work involved, and how it gets from the seed to the table. There are both growing processes that will give quick results, as well as others that help children to learn about patience and delayed gratification. The transportable lawn is a fun idea for those small spaces, and yet it has so many fun uses.
There are some cute ideas that would work very well with nursery schools, day cares, child minders and babysitters. I know that as a mother to two young children in addition to being a Childminder, I am always looking for activities that they can all participate in. Some of these projects can be left permanently on your own property, while others can be sent home with the children for continued use or as a gift for Mother’s or Father’s Day. Last year we made these painted flowerpots; there is a similar project within the pages of this book.
These aren’t just ‘fun’ activities, they are also great opportunities for children to learn about science without realizing it. Throw in a little art and design, and some journaling skills for the older kids, and you can cover a lot of ‘school’ while pottering about in your garden!
There are lots of clear, colourful photos in The Garden Classroom that will help give inspiration to parents/carers like me who are not known to have a green thumb. And step-by-step instructions to guide us along the way, we can learn and have fun with the children. Who knows, maybe we’ll find a new skill we didn’t know we have?
I’m looking forward to trying out these projects with our family. This book gives us lots of ideas for least the next six months of this year, and plenty to spare for the future, too! I would recommend The Garden Classroom to anyone young at heart and looking to add some creativity into their gardens. As an added bonus you and your children can learn along the way as well!
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When you get your copy, please let me know what you think, and share with us the activities you are doing, I’d love to hear about them!