Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Garden Crafts for Children

Last week it was 80 degrees here in New England! Of course this morning it was 28 degrees, but it got me thinking about our garden and being outside with my daughter. We love creating things together, and it is even better if I can teach her more about growing from seeds and how plants work. We love Garden Crafts for Children by Dawn Isaac.

Garden Crafts for Children is crammed full of inspirational ideas to get kids excited about gardening and nature. A wheelbarrow vegetable garden, cress caterpillars, a sunflower alley and an insect hotel are just some of the fun and creative ideas in this invaluable book. There are chapters on using creative containers from teapots to rain boots, windowsill gardening with foods such as cress and beans, and beautiful nature crafts such as picture frames and mobiles that can be made indoors. Whether your garden is big or small, and even if you don't have a garden at all, Dawn Isaac's wonderful garden crafts will keep kids entertained, with plenty of projects to fill every season. The 35 projects, perfect for children from ages 3 to 11, are designed to be achievable and affordable with simple-to-follow, step-by-step photographs and clear advice, and there is help on growing and gardening for children and adults alike.

We are loving all of the wonderful ideas we have read about. We decided to make our own bunny using the tops of carrot for ears. They sprouted in days and we really liked that we got to reuse that yucky plastic bottle in a fun way. We enjoyed getting the sand from the beach (on the hot day) an planting the carrot tops. My daughter had a ball painting her bottle and making it into a bunny and she learned about growth as she watered her carrot tops each morning and saw them sprout "ears". We are really excited to use tissue paper and a clear cup to watch beans sprout and grow! Who cares how cold it is now?! Start your own indoor windowsill gardens and watch your children's curiosity and green thumbs grow!

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