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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604692456
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604692457
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Cohen and Fisher will help your kids develop their green thumbs.”
(BookPage)

"Full of ideas and projects for plots (or patience levels) of any size."
(Booklist)

"Parents who rely on the authors' child-inclusive approach to gardening will reap rewards that go far beyond the produce bin."
(Philadelphia Inquirer)

"Offers fun ideas for things to do with children."
(San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance)

"This hands-on approach makes school garden projects accessible, inexpensive, and sustainable."
(School Library Journal)

"Useful and inspirational guide to introduce children to the fun of growing and eating delicious fresh food.”
(ABCs and Garden Peas.com)

"A great go-to source of fun for years to come."

(LearningTable.com)

"Contains tons of unique gardening ideas…making this book a must-have."

(Akron-Beacon Journal)

"Offers pointers for designing family-friendly gardens, involving kids in the work of growing and encouraging them to eat the fruits of their labors.” 

(The Courier Gazette)

"This joyful book provides inspiration and instruction on doing just that."

About the Author

Whitney Cohen is the education director at Life Lab, a nationally recognized organization that teaches people to care for themselves, each other, and the world through farm- and garden-based programs. Guided by her joy in being outdoors with children, she is the author of the award-winning Kids' Garden activity card set and a contributor to other garden-based learning activity guides. She presents hands-on garden education workshops to varied audiences, including schoolteachers, parents, college students, food service directors, and Master Gardeners across the country. Her expertise in gardening with children comes from years as an environmental educator, a middle school science teacher, a teacher trainer, and, most recently, a mother. Whitney and her husband, Tod, love nothing more than spending time outdoors with their son, Nation.



John Fisher has worked as a garden-based educator for most of his adult life, sharing teachable moments in the garden with thousands of children and adults. John designed and has maintained Life Lab’s one-acre Garden Classroom site, has contributed to a multitude of garden-based curricula, and has created videos and websites on garden-based learning, both at Life Lab and at the University of California Santa Cruz Farm. His first memorable gardening experience was as a child harvesting cucumbers and tomatoes in his grandfather’s garden. With his wife, Nadine, and four-year old son, Neli, John tends a small suburban garden plot of fifteen dwarf fruit trees, mixed berries, vegetable and cut flower gardens, and a small flock of friendly hens in Santa Cruz. Seeing his son searching for the ripest berries and feeding snails to their hens puts a smile on John’s face.


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Needless to say that is why I am going to buy the book.
H. Berndt
This is a project book that is colourful, has lots of pictures that will give you ideas of how to get your kids out in the fresh air and interested in a garden.
wogan
As a speech pathologist assistant, I use this book in therapy to encourage conversation, discourse and sequence abilities.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a project book that is colourful, has lots of pictures that will give you ideas of how to get your kids out in the fresh air and interested in a garden.
It gives you plans on making a garden fun, designing a play-friendly garden, different garden themes, animals in the garden, games, arts and projects, cooking from the garden (although there are none for tomatoes, a huge lapse), all sorts of activities too. There is a metric conversion chart and an index.

What is wonderful about the pictures and the ideas too; is that they do not show gardens that are perfect - they look real and attainable. Stakes and strings are crooked, kids have muddy hands.
There are great ideas here, like using a spray jar to water newly planted seeds in starter containers. If you do not have a compost pile, this will encourage you to make one. There is a great activity illustrating what will decompose or not. Our family has really enjoyed personalizing their pumpkins, by scratching their names into them as they are growing, making corn husk dolls and birdseed wreaths. There is help with age appropriate activities, especially in the cooking section.

This is a very nice idea book, one that will be good for your family, grandchildren, the neighbors and friends.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H. Berndt on February 4, 2013
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I checked this book out at the library last week to give me some ideas of ways to get my kids more involved in our garden. My kids dove into the book and starting marking pages of all of the things they wanted to do or gave them ideas for other things. my kids ages are 11,7,3. And there was something for each one in the book. Needless to say that is why I am going to buy the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Boothby on January 20, 2013
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I checked this out from the library expecting to to breeze through it and forget it like so many kid related gardening books I've purchased or browsed. I was drawn in by the beautiful, easy to search through design layout. It's so cheerful makes me want to keep looking and reading. I was then wonderfully surprised by the amount of ideas and easy instructions: the only kind I can follow through since I'm not particularly crafty. Each project is beautiful, fun, and educational. There were too many "We can do this!" and "I want to do this!" projects for me to just take notes from the book before returning it to the library. I'm buying a permanent copy for our family's library to refer to for the next several years!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jesusbookgirl on September 1, 2012
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The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids, is a great book for the gardener who has kids. Ironic hey... Anyways this neat little book is full of fun ways to get the kids involved in gardening and it allows them to get down and dirty. If you have a yard and you have kids you should really consider doing this inexpensive learning activity.

I really loved all of the cool ways to get your child involved. The activities vary for the small child all the way up to young adult. The activities are easy to do, and I loved how visual the book was using real life pictures of kids doing them. Really dear readers this is a great book, and you just might learn something from it along with your kids :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mindy Marks on July 24, 2013
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This was far and away the best book I've ever read about involving kids in gardening. I checked it out from the library and will buy it to have for reference and future inspiration. We've already made our yard more fun as a direct result of this book.
The book includes enough basic gardening instruction for beginners to get started growing things. The book is packed with things the authors have observed kids enjoying in the garden, and ways to make it easier for kids to help and not hinder (e.g. small watering cans). It also included a lot of projects that were fun learning and/or growing opportunities perfect for families or classes. (Including, incidentally, an owl box on page 158. People should read a book more carefully before writing reviews...) It includes lots of photographs and diagrams, and website and book recommendations for more information on topics they don't cover in detail.
If I had any small criticism it would be that the book is mostly written for the financially well-off who can afford to spend a little extra money to have fun with their kids. There weren't a lot of things in there that could be done for free, though there were some that were mostly free (e.g. bird feeders from recycled materials) and could be made for free with a little improvisation.
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This is a rich, colorful book filled with examples of how to get kids gardening. Lots of pictures for those of us who work well with visuals, though it does take some time to get through (not a book for parents or teachers who need a quick idea on the fly). I've enjoyed what I've read so far; it's giving me some long-term goals for my youngest (1), and good tips for now with my eldest (14).

I checked it out at the library before buying, so you can believe I liked it!
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By Kim Torres on April 25, 2014
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Cool book with great ideas for gardening with the kids, my personal favorite was the pizza garden. It's a great deal
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By Genny M Nelson on January 16, 2014
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Wonderful ideas, not just for kids! My daughter loves this book..it has great pictures and fun and easy to follow instructions as well as a ton of interesting information. Thumbs way up!!
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