What does Easter look like in your house? :: Play Planner

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Hello! What does Easter look like in your house? Do you celebrate it, or Passover, or another spring festival? I’m always interested in hearing how other families mark the start of spring, especially as we have so many international readers. Will you email me back – or leave a comment if you’re reading on the blog – and tell me what traditions you have in your family? ~ Cathy

Did you get the special book deal?

P.S You can still take advantage of the special offer my publishers at Roost are offering. If you’d like to get an advance copy of my new book The Garden Classroom, with 35% off, you can use code gc415 when you  purchase directly from Roost using this affiliate link (valid through April 6th).  You can see more details of The Garden Classroom book here – including a peek inside and details of the lovely Garden Journal that comes with it.

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I’m only sharing this with you in this Play Planner

our garden classroom this week

our garden classroom this week

Just for Play Planner readers

Did you know the very first edition of this Play Planner went out on July 17th 2011? I’ve been writing it every week since then, and I know some of you have been reading along since that first summer. I always think of you, my Play Planner gang, as my closest buddies in this online world. I love having this connection with you.  I know you’re all so committed to giving your children a great start in life and it makes me very happy to know the ideas I share here, from me and the other kids’ bloggers, are often used by you as part of that. As a little thank you, I’ve arranged a special with my publisher at Roost Books.

A special for you, from my publishers

My new book The Garden Classroom is being published on April 7th, and – just for you as Play Planner readers –  Roost have created a special discount code. It means you can get the book ahead of the publishing date. They have the books in their warehouse, all ready to send out, so if you would like to order a copy from them, they’ll be sent out ahead of any from Amazon or anywhere else. And, they have set up a special discount code that you can use to get 35% off the price of the book, making it cheaper than the current Amazon listing.

You can see more details of The Garden Classroom book here – including a peek inside and details of the lovely Garden Journal that comes with it – and if you want to get an advance copy, with 35% off, you can use code gc415  when you purchase directly from Roost using this affiliate link (valid through April 6th).

Thanks for reading aling, and I hope you have a great week with your kids, Cathy

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What kind of sensory play do your children love the best? :: Play Planner

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Hi everyone! We ran our first Gardening Club this past week, planting sunflowers, and it was so lovely to work with the children, planting our seeds and making little sunflower books. You can see the gorgeous art the designed in the link for Thursday’s child in the Play Planner below. Even more exciting – the seeds have already started to grow, so we have lift off in our spring garden! It’s great planting them in the see-through pots, so the kids can really see what happening under the soil.

I wanted to let you know that it’s your last chance to grab our Rainbow Fun resources at half price. The discount ends on Tuesday. What I love about this pack is that, aside from the fab activities which stretch across art projects, science experiments, recipes, games and songs, all with a rainbow theme, it’s just so nice to have a convenient resource, all sorted, and all in one place for you. Know what I mean? It’s good sometimes to just have someone carefully chose for you and deliver it all in one package. So, if you’d like that with a colourful rainbow theme, check out Rainbow Fun and get it now while it’s still just $5.

One thing I’d love to know from you this week is what kind of sensory play do your children love the best? My younger one loves shaving foam. It’s something I resisted for a while, because I find it a bit yucky, but we gave it a try and guess what….it’s her favourite! A good reminder for me to follow the child! What about your kids, what kind of sensory play do they like best? Reply to this email, or leave a comment and let me know. It is so nice to hear from you and know I’m not just talking to myself!

Have a great week!  Cathy

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Is there any sign of spring with you?

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Hey everyone! Did you see our gorgeous Rainbow Fun resources are half-price? Yep – they’re just $5 through until St. Patrick’s Day, so if you want a super convenient, complete package of art projects, science experiments, recipes, games and songs, all planned out and all with a rainbow theme, head this way.

It was so nice to hear about your gardens last week. This week I want to know where in the world you are and what’s the weather like with you? I’m seeing lots of photos of snow, snow, snow from the US. Do you have it bad? Is it still freezing? Here in the UK we still have grey skies, but the odd morning here and there where the sky is blue and there is a hint of spring. Reply to this email or leave me a comment and tell me what it’s like for you and I will either have snow-envy or spring-envy – some people are never pleased!
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Want to see my brand new book? :: Play Planner

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Hey everyone! May I please introduce you all to my brand new book, The Garden Classroom. I’m so excited to share it with you because I’m hoping it will be exactly what you need to help your fill your children’s spring, summer and beyond with lots of hands-on learning inspired by the garden.

Regular readers will be familiar with my collection of ebooks, but The Garden Classroom is my first print book, and it contains a whole year’s worth of science and math, reading and writing, imaginative play, and arts and crafts all, through garden-based activities.

Want to come and a look at it? Click through and have a look – and you can download a lovely free Garden Journal to use with your children.

And if you like the look of it, will you help me spread the word about the book, and tell your friends and colleagues about it?

Thanks so much! ~~~ Cathy

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