We’re having so much fun exploring all the kids gardening activities we can come up with using chalk this week. Taking One Added Ingredient and introducing it to lots of different areas of play gets children thinking and imagining and creating. Using a material they are familiar with ~ in our case chalk ~ but adding it in different ways leads to all sorts of new play possibilities. On Monday I showed you how we’d use chalkboard paint to make some ever changing puppets, in our fairy garden and in a road map right across the patio. Today we’re using chalk in a treasure hunt that mixes in lots of language, maths and nature play too.
Gardening with kids gives them so many opportunities to learn things. There are obvious subject areas such as science and nature studies of course, but there are also life lessons to be learnt. What you grow can teach a lot about your attitude to life – to creativity and challenge and risk taking! Here’s why in amongst the carrots and onions we always grow a wild card.
Why you should always grow a wild card :: life lessons from the garden [Read more…]
There’s not really any great mystery about how to plant seeds with kids, but these tips and tricks will give you lots of extra play and learning ideas to make the most of your spring planting.
How to plant seeds with kids [Read more…]
Just because the days are getting cooler and shorter doesn’t mean children have to stop enjoying lots of outdoor play. Having fun and creative garden projects on offer is a great way to keep kids active outdoors and enjoying the fresh air.
The school gardening club I run is back in action after the school holiday, with a group of young gardeners ready for action. Here are 20 ideas you can use over the autumn and winter terms – at home as well as in a school garden – to enjoy the outdoors all year round, with some special activities taken from my book The Garden Classroom.
20 school garden ideas for autumn and winter [Read more…]
Edited: This Thanksgiving weekend offer is now closed. Thanks so much for your interest.
The individual books are still for sale – please click through on the links below to make your purchases directly from the authors’ blogs. My book The Garden Classroom is available here.
Brought to you by Melitsa of Raising Playful Tots and me, along with some of our favourite bloggers and authors, the Learning Through Play special offer is now open – but for this Thanksgiving weekend only.
We have put together a package worth over $100 – but available to you at a very special price – of e-books and resources, all based around Learning Through Play. This Thanksgiving weekend special offer includes books on sensory play, outdoor play, art and crafts, positive parenting, learning to read and write and lots more. You’ll recognise the authors as the writers of some of your favourite blogs – check out the full details below to see who’s joining in.
Learning Through Play Thanksgiving weekend special offer
This special bundle of books is available for you to buy only over this Thanksgiving weekend. So buy it now or you’ll miss the deal!
I’ve read the books (and written one of them!) and I’m so happy to recommend this offer to you. These ladies really know their stuff and the books and resources are packed full of fantastic creative and practical ideas that you can use with your children. There are thirteen different authors joining in, bringing you over $100 worth of resources. And, guess what – you can buy the lot for just $9.99!
Read on to see all the items included in the Thanksgiving weekend special offer – and start looking forward to getting your copies! [Read more…]
Here’s a lovely eco art project that we’ve created as part of our Kids Art Explorers projects.
This month the Art Explorers are seeing what they can create using natural, outdoor materials. You can browse all the ideas already linked up below, and join in and make something with your own children, but first we’d like to introduce our puppets.