The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids: 101 Ways to Get Kids Outside, Dirty, and Having Fun

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Many gardeners find that once they have children gardening goes the way of late-night dinner parties and Sunday morning sleep-ins. Raising kids and maintaining a garden can be a juggling act, leaving the family garden forgotten and neglected. But kids can make great gardening companions, and the benefits of including them are impossible to ignore. Gardening gets kids outdoors and away from television and video games, increases their connection to plants and animals, and helps build enthusiasm for fresh fruits and...

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Overview

Many gardeners find that once they have children gardening goes the way of late-night dinner parties and Sunday morning sleep-ins. Raising kids and maintaining a garden can be a juggling act, leaving the family garden forgotten and neglected. But kids can make great gardening companions, and the benefits of including them are impossible to ignore. Gardening gets kids outdoors and away from television and video games, increases their connection to plants and animals, and helps build enthusiasm for fresh fruits and vegetables. Their involvement becomes the real harvest of a family garden.

In The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids, Whitney Cohen and John Fisher draw on years of experience in the Life Lab Garden Classroom and gardening with their own children to teach parents how to integrate the garden into their family life, no matter its scope or scale. The book features simple, practical gardening advice, including how to design a play-friendly garden, ideas for fun-filled theme gardens, and how to cook and preserve the garden's bounty. 101 engaging, family-friendly garden activities are also featured, from making Crunch-n-Munch Vegetable Beds and Muddy Miniature Masterpieces to harvesting berries for Fresh Fruity Pops.

This step-by-step guide to working side-by-side with kids will inspire all parents to grow their own little gardener and to get dirty, plant seeds, and enjoy the garden's delicious rewards.

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Editorial Reviews

ABCs and Garden Peas.com
"Useful and inspirational guide to introduce children to the fun of growing and eating delicious fresh food.”
LearningTable.com
"A great go-to source of fun for years to come."
BookPage
“Cohen and Fisher will help your kids develop their green thumbs.”
Booklist
"Full of ideas and projects for plots (or patience levels) of any size."
Philadelphia Inquirer
"Parents who rely on the authors' child-inclusive approach to gardening will reap rewards that go far beyond the produce bin."
San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance
"Offers fun ideas for things to do with children."
Akron-Beacon Journal
"Contains tons of unique gardening ideas…making this book a must-have."
The Courier Gazette
"Offers pointers for designing family-friendly gardens, involving kids in the work of growing and encouraging them to eat the fruits of their labors.”
From the Publisher
"This joyful book provides inspiration and instruction on doing just that."
Philadelphia Inquirer
"Offers fun ideas for things to do with children."
Booklist
"Parents who rely on the authors' child-inclusive approach to gardening will reap rewards that go far beyond the produce bin."
BookPage
"Full of ideas and projects for plots (or patience levels) of any size."
Sierraclub.com
“Cohen and Fisher will help your kids develop their green thumbs.”
San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance
"This hands-on approach makes school garden projects accessible, inexpensive, and sustainable."
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up—Packed with ideas for creating kid-friendly garden spaces and activities, this book will be useful to parents, families, and group leaders. Excellent-quality, full-color photographs on almost every page show adults and children sharing, working in, and enjoying vegetable and flower gardens. The text is practical and down to earth in presenting ways to engage youngsters in the process of growing, harvesting, and processing food as well as how to protect their gardens from insects, toxic plants, water features, etc. The illustrated instructions and recipes are sprinkled throughout the chapters and then listed and indexed by ages and areas of interest, e.g., for getting messy; garden parties, etc. These guided activities are balanced with advice to let children play (making mud pies, providing a dirt pile for toy cars and trucks), recognizing the importance of balancing work and play. This is a useful and inspirational guide to introduce children to the fun of growing and eating delicious fresh food.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
Sierraclub.com
“Cohen and Fisher will help your kids develop their green thumbs.”
Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
Written by two members of Life Lab, a longtime nonprofit organization created "to teach people to care for themselves, each other and the world through farm-and garden-based programs," this holistic approach is designed to encourage families to get involved in gardening. Touting kids as natural gardeners, the nutritional advantages of freshly harvested foods and the fostering of family values through gardening, this comprehensive book (264 pages) touches on everything from Making Gardening Fun for Kids, Designing a Play-Friendly Garden, theme gardens, Animals in the Garden, Preserving the Harvest, Art in the Garden and on and on. Anecdotal color photos depict families in the gardening process or just having fun. Chapters may include directions for gardening projects, art projects, using gardening finds, recipes and plenty of advice for including the whole family. There's even a chapter featuring gardening games. It's inspiring but a bit overwhelming if you are a gardening beginner. A metric conversion chart, a list of activities for certain ages and situations, suggestions for further reading and an index are included. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604693737
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/29/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet 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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