The Garden Classroom

Transform your science and math, reading and writing, imaginative play, and arts and crafts all through garden-based activities. The Garden Classroom offers a whole year of outdoors play and learning ideas, however big or small your outdoor space – and comes with a lovely, free gift.

The Garden Classroom :: hands-on garden activities for kids including math, science, literacy and art

Welcome to The Garden Classroom

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DIY craft recipe :: how to make clay

Here’s a super easy DIY craft recipe that shows you how to make clay {that’s actually more like an air-drying dough) and turn it in to some beautiful butterflies.

A super easy DIY craft recipe: how to make clay ~ and a beautiful butterfly craft

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Earth day activities: grow a meadow indoors!

Are you planning any Earth Day activities on April 22nd? Celebrated around the world, Earth Day is a great time to pause and reflect the impact you, your kids and your family have on the earth.

100 Earth Day activities for kids

Last year we carried out an eco-audit of our play, looking at simple but effective ways we could align our activities with the ideas of reducing, re-using and recycling.

We’re joining in with the Earth Day Celebrations hosted by Mommy Labs and Greening Sam and Avery to bring you a blog hop bursting with ideas you can use to celebrate Earth Day with your kids. Have a browse around the blog hop at the end of this post to find ideas for art, crafts, games, activities and positive action your family can take to go a little greener this month. First though, here’s what the NurtureStore girls came up with as an Earth Day play idea: we grew an indoor meadow!

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5 tips for green kids

earth day ideasI’m working with BritMums and British Gas on a campaign to help educate about energy conservation. Here are my five top tips for green kids, to help families save energy – starting when kids are young to encourage lifelong habits.

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Junk model ideas

Are you celebrating Earth Day with your children this Friday 22nd April 2011? For environmentally-friendly, creative play we love to make junk models. We love using items from our craft box which otherwise would be thrown away – turning them into toys and extending the life of the materials.

Here’s a showcase of our favourite upcycled junk models. If you have any more ideas you can share with us, please leave a link in the comments or on our Facebook page – we’re always looking for new inspiration and have a stack of boxes ready to go!
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A riding stables created from the contents of our making box


A dragon made from egg boxes


A double decker bus from a shoe box


A cardboard box ride on train


make a dinosaur land
A dinosaur world from a cardboard box

carnival of junk play

And have a look at our the ideas shared by all our Play Academy community in our Carnival of Junk Play

happily shared with made by little hands Monday and Friday’s nature table and  preschool creations and  the resource centre and creative Friday and  for the kids Friday and  It’s Playtime and  upcycled awesome and  kids get crafty