Thursday, May 8, 2014

Kids In The Garden

Take a look at these beautiful raised beds designed and built by Denise's son in law. They are constructed with corrugated metal framed with wood.

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)
Getting dirty
Keeping a Journal
Fun with Art
Rewarding plants for kids
What's in a seed
Soil composition
Safety First.

This book would be useful for young families but I think even better for Grandpas and Grandmas. Soon the summer visitors will arrive and this book could come in handy for keeping the younger set busy and engaged.

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