the garden classroom: gardening with kids

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

The Garden Classroom

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  1. says

    Oh, my gosh, this looks great! Going through the video you embedded, it seems like the photos are pretty amazing, as well. I’ll have to put this on my list of books-to-buy. My daughter would love these activities!!!

    • Cathy @ NurtureStore says

      Thanks Rebecca. The book is full of these kind of photos – showing each project. Hope you like it!

  2. Mishka says


    Would like to get the e book for my two kids but we live in the Bahamas. So I was wondering if the gardening part, will work for our climet. Thanks

    • Cathy @ NurtureStore says

      Hi Mishka, I think pretty much every project will work for you, because they are adaptable to suit your location, season and climate. The gardening ideas and science experiments can be done using the plants that grow well where you are.

  3. Mishka says

    Fantastic, will get it over the weekend. Did have one more question for ya. I am not up todate with computers, so sorry if this is a silly question. Is their anyway I can have this on my desk computer (so I can print) and my iPad so that I can move around with the info so that I do not have to print everything? Really hope this is not a tottally silly question. Thanks so much looking forward to it take care

    • Cathy @ NurtureStore says

      Hi Mishka, I always say there are no such thing as silly questions! Yes, the book will arrive as a pdf that you can download and save to one of your personal folders on your computer. I’m guessing you have other files saved in a folder somewhere that you can access from your desk computer and your iPad? The book can be the same. You can also print all of it, or just particular pages, in colour or black and white, to suit you.

  4. says

    Hi Ya Cathy
    The ebook is just FANTASTIC, perfect timing as the Summer Hols will be starting tomorrow for the children. Im really looking forward to do some messy play with the boys!!

  5. says

    Do you think the gardening ideas would translate to very hot and dry Arizona? I want to incorporate gardening into my preschool but our climate is so intimidating.

  6. Sarah says

    I am a Childminder and have downloaded your book. I have seen so so much inspiration I can’t wait and have already recommended to colleagues! I also look forward to receiving my weekly planner. Will this get sent every week or do i need to subscribe weekly?

    • Cathy @ NurtureStore says

      Hi Sarah. I’m so happy to hear you are feeling inspired! Do let me know which project you decide to try first. The Play Planner is sent out weekly on a Sunday and you only need to sign up once, and then you’ll get a copy each week in your e-mail in box.

  7. says

    What a wonderful book with more than a year’s worth of ideas! It can be kept on hand like a guide and used season after season. The ideas are so well explained and have tips and tricks that will help you really know what to do. This is a child – centered book and includes academics the children won’t know they are actually learning as they will be having fun! Thank you, Carolyn

  8. Diana Burress says

    When I try to purchase your downloadable gardening book special for $4.99 it says at checkout 9.99???

  9. Alison Blizzard says

    I have just ordered my copy of your book, I was wondering how long the time period is between purchasing and receiving the email with the download link, I haven’t received it as yet.

    • says

      Hi Alison, the e-mail should come straight through and will be sent to the e-mail address associated with the PayPal account you used to make the purchase. It’s possible it may end up in your e-mail spam folder. If you haven’t got it yet please drop me an e-mail (Cathy @ with details of your Paypal e-mail address and I’ll get another link out to you straight away. Thanks for your interest in the book. Cathy

  10. Ann Dyer says

    Hi Cathy,

    I purchased the 52 Garden ideas from you, however my printer decided to die on me half way through printing and I only managed to print pages 59-112.
    I have tried to download and re-print the missing pages, but I find that I am trying to be charged the full price again to do so.
    I would be really grateful if you could allow me to have access to this again so that I can complete my book for the children.
    The weather is just starting to warm up here and we are all raring to go!

    Kind regards

  11. Tori Comeaux says

    Hi! I ordered this ebook through paypal on April 21st, 2013 and according to my paypal account my transaction was completed. I tried to, but for some reason my email isn’t coming through to your email address! I was hoping to make the peg butterflies with my son for his grandmothers for Mother’s Day. If you could look into what has happened with my order it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Tori, Sorry to hear you’ve had problems. I’ve just sent you a new link so you can download the book. If you have any further problems, please let me know. Hope you enjoy making the butterflies! Cathy

  12. Tracey says

    What age range is this appropriate for? I’m starting to homeschool my 13 year old and we are doing a garden as one of our first projects.


  13. carlee says

    i purchased this on the 9/10/2013 but i am having trouble downloading the document. i am eager to explore the activities your help and assistance would be greatly appreciated.
    kind regards carlee

  14. Laura says

    This website is super cute and I’m anxious to see more. However, I’m wondering if your pages will fit my need for 2nd and 3rd grade. I’m looking for lessons in gardening for those grade levels.

  15. Alison Loorham says

    I ordered a book in 2013 for $18.93 I have a number:

    I still have not received!
    If you could please follow this up and email me on:

    Kind Regards
    Alison Loorham

    • says

      Hi Alison. The links to download the books were e-mailed to you on 15th September 2013. It’s possible they may have ended up in your spam e-mail folder, which is why you didn’t see them. In any case, I have just e-mailed you again with new links so you will be able to complete the download. Best wishes, Cathy

  16. Jo says

    Hi Cathy, I have just purchased your ebook and I am only half way through but already my brain is buzzing! I have moved into a classroom with a bland deck and I was hoping to get my students and parents to collaborate on turning it into a ‘green’ space not only for Science investigations but as a nice place to play and learn together. I can’t wait to get started – it is a sunny Sunday here in Aus so I’m off to raid my garden and garden shed to see what i’ve got on hand to get the ball rolling…..!

  17. Shalyn Gidge says

    I would LOVE to get a copy of your Garden Classroom book. I have been watching this space for quite some time and am very anxiously awaiting another release. Is there one in the works?

    Shalyn Gidge

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