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The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids

101 Ways to Get Kids Outside, Dirty, and Having Fun

By Whitney Cohen, John Fisher

“What better way to begin to explore the natural world than to experience the magic and beauty of a family garden.” —Arden Bucklin-Sporer, author of How to Grow a School Garden

Many gardeners find that once they have children gardening goes the way of late-night dinner parties and Sunday morning sleep-ins. Raising kids and maintaining a garden can be a juggling act, leaving the family garden forgotten and neglected. But kids can make great gardening companions, and the benefits of including them are impossible to ignore. Gardening gets kids outdoors and away from television and video games, increases their connection to plants and animals, and helps build enthusiasm for fresh fruits and vegetables. Their involvement becomes the real harvest of a family garden.

In The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids, Whitney Cohen and John Fisher draw on years of experience in the Life Lab Garden Classroom and gardening with their own children to teach parents how to integrate the garden into their family life, no matter its scope or scale. The book features simple, practical gardening advice, including how to design a play-friendly garden, ideas for fun-filled theme gardens, and how to cook and preserve the garden's bounty. 101 engaging, family-friendly garden activities are also featured, from making Crunch-n-Munch Vegetable Beds and Muddy Miniature Masterpieces to harvesting berries for Fresh Fruity Pops.

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“Parents who rely on the authors’ child-inclusive approach to gardening will reap rewards that go far beyond the produce bin.” —Booklist

“This is a useful and inspirational guide to introduce children to the fun of growing and eating delicious fresh food. Expertise gleaned from California’s Life Lab Garden Classroom helps adults foster gardening enthusiasm in grades four-plus.” —Library Journal

“Offers pointers for designing family-friendly gardens, involving kids in the work of growing and encouraging them to eat the fruits of their labors.” —Akron Beacon Journal

“Cohen and Fisher will help your kids develop their green thumbs.” —The Sierra Club

“Full of ideas and projects for plots (or patience levels) of any size.” —BookPage

“This hands-on approach makes school garden projects accessible, inexpensive, and sustainable.” —San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance

“A visual feast for the eyes and will inspire you to make room for a garden in your yard.” —Handbook of Nature Study blog
“Fun ideas for things to do with children.” —Philadelphia Inquirer

“This joyful book provides inspiration and instruction on doing just that.” —Rockland Courier-Gazette
“Children will be able to deeply connect to their space of green, no matter what size the garden is.” —
“This book is full of fun, fresh ideas.” —Owl and Twine blog
“A great go-to source of fun for years to come.” —ABCs and

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May 29, 2012