Come on tour with me! :: Play Planner

Hi everyone! Big news for me this week is that my new book The Garden Classroom was published! It’s my first print book and it’s rather exciting seeing it popping up on Amazon, on Facebook, and on Instagram, as people are getting hold of copies of it and starting to try out the ideas in it with their children.

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Come on tour with me!

I’m heading out around the internet on a virtual book tour, stopping by the fabulous sites of some of my best blog buddies. Will you come with me? You’ll get to see some of the activities from the book, chat with me in interviews and there will be opportunities to win copies of the book too. You can see the blog book tour schedule here. Join us!

kids gardening activities

Get your copy of the book and free journal

Have you got your copy of the book? You can take a good look inside here, and download your copy of the lovely free Garden Journal that goes with the book.

If you’ve already got a copy, will you drop me a line and let me know what you think of it? Or share a photo and tag me (I’m @cathynurturestore on Instagram) as I’d love to see your garden and what projects you are working on.

Have a great week – Cathy

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

IMG_7845Our sunflowers are go!

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

rainbow activities sensory play

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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