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The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids: 101 Ways to Get Kids Outside, Dirty, and Having Fun Paperback – May 29, 2012

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“Parents who rely on the authors’ child-inclusive approach to gardening will reap rewards that go far beyond the produce bin.” —Booklist

“This is a useful and inspirational guide to introduce children to the fun of growing and eating delicious fresh food.” — School Library 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.” —Akron Beacon Journal

“Cohen and Fisher will help your kids develop their green thumbs.” —The Sierra Club

“Full of ideas and projects for plots (or patience levels) of any size.” —BookPage

“This hands-on approach makes school garden projects accessible, inexpensive, and sustainable.” —San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance

“A visual feast for the eyes and will inspire you to make room for a garden in your yard.” —Handbook of Nature Study blog
 
“Fun ideas for things to do with children.” —Philadelphia Inquirer

“This joyful book provides inspiration and instruction on doing just that.” —Rockland Courier-Gazette
 
“Children will be able to deeply connect to their space of green, no matter what size the garden is.” —ArtsAnts.com
 
“This book is full of fun, fresh ideas.” —Owl and Twine blog
 
“A great go-to source of fun for years to come.” —ABCs and GardenPeas.com
 

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With their infectious enthusiasm for being outside and getting dirty, kids can be terrific garden companions. This inspiring guide offers simple, practical advice and takes you step-by-step through more than 100 engaging, family-friendly garden activities. With The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids, everyone will enjoy a garden’s delicious rewards year round as children develop a deep connection to nature and the outside world. Whether you’re playing leapfrog over pumpkins, harvesting a six-plant-part burrito, cooking up a compost cake, weaving lavender wands, or pickling pears, the fun-filled memories will last a lifetime.

A national leader in garden-based education with more than 30 years of experience in the field, Life Lab promotes hands-on learning for people of all ages. As the education director, Whitney Cohen presents workshops across the country and has written several books for teachers and parents on gardening with children. John Fisher is director of outreach. He helped design and manage the organization’s one-acre Garden Classroom and has worked with thousands of children and adults in the garden. They both garden with their families in Santa Cruz, California.
 
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 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 (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 27, 2012
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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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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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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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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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These projects will bring out the child in anyone. Though I bought the book to share with grandkids, on looking through it, I realized I was going to be learning along with them. Great illustrations! Easy directions! And I can't wait to get started on a few of the recipes that are also included in the book.
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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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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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