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.
Eco art :: making puppets [Read more…]
One potato, two potato, three potato, four
Five potato, six potato, seven potato more
It’s easy to include some maths in your garden if you’ve been growing your own fruit and vegetables.
Count how many potatoes you have. Draw up a chart to record the harvest from your garden and add up the grand total of what you’ve grown.
Rank your produce by size from biggest to smallest.
Measure your spuds – ours went from 1cm up to 10cm.
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Do you grow fruit and vegetables with your children?
Children benefit so much from seeing where food really comes from – and I find they’re much more likely to try new foods if they’ve helped to grow and prepare it. A cut and come again salad is a great way to start, no matter how small your garden. Sow the seeds in a pot of compost, have the children water them and wait for the seedlings to pop up. The good thing about a cut and come again salad is just that – the children can help themselves to a few leaves and the plant will kindly grow them some more. Sow seeds every 3-4 weeks and you’ll have a summer full of salad. Add a cherry tomato plant and let the children tuck in. The girls loved going on a treasure hunt round the garden looking for things to put in their salad and found lettuce, radish, nasturtiums and herbs. They ate the lot!
Growing sunflowers with children? Download our free sunflower activities ebook.
How are your sunflowers coming along? Ours went out in the garden a couple of weeks ago. The tallest one is up to 45cm on our sunflower height chart and mostly they’re doing well – working their way up the wall but not yet taller than Little. One however has been munched. The girls were horrified! Who had done such a thing? Pulling some ivy off the wall this weekend we found our answer: 14 snails, sat biding their time, waiting for the feasting to begin. I am such a hippy, harmony-promoting gardener that I can’t bring myself to squash them, so they are flung over the back wall (into an alleyway, not someone else’s garden!) – which of course only delays the munching.
Before the snails went for the high jump, we put them through their paces in a Snail Race.
This gave the girls the opportunity to look at the snails up close and ask lots of questions about their shells, slime and ‘sticky out bits’. Snail World had all the answers. We talked about our responsibilty to animals and both girls were very careful when handling the snails. One thing we did discover was that snails just don’t understand the concept of keeping in your own lane – so if you fancy trying this I’d suggest more of a ‘bull’s eye’ circular race track, starting all the snails in the centre and seeing which makes it to the circumference first.
What do you do when you find snails, or slugs, in your garden? Have you got any alternative solutions to stop them munching?