A while back Denise recommended The Square Foot Gardener by Mel Batholomew. The author has just published a new book, Square Foot Gardening With Kids. It is an excellent guide for spending time in the garden with little, and not so little, ones.
The activities are presented like lesson plans which makes the information easy to retain and pass on. The approach incorporates art projects, science questions and discoveries, math problems, carpentry, writing tasks, vocabulary and ethical concepts. Each section is divided into levels for Preschool, Early Learners, Tweens, and Teens. The focus is on kids thinking for themselves, taking responsibility, developing practical skills and having fun.
Here is a run down of some of the topics covered:
Good seeds for little fingers
Learning to shop (what kid doesn't love the lumber store and garden centre)
Keeping a Journal
Fun with Art
Rewarding plants for kids
What's in a seed