Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Budding Gardener: A Book Review

Yesterday I introduced you to a fantastic resource from Gryphon House, called The Budding Chef (see review here). Today I have another great resource from the same series, entitled The Budding Gardener.

About The Book:

Curious kids will discover their green thumbs with the fun-filled gardening activities in The Budding Gardener! With great ways for parents and their budding gardeners to create memories together, this book shows parents and kids how to plant a seed and watch it grow, create a garden marker, make a spider web out of sweet pea seeds and bamboo, and beautify the garden with a stone path or rock tower. Perfect for kids aged 3 to 6, this kid-friendly introduction to gardening features easy-to-follow instructions and easy-to-find materials that will help parents cultivate a love of the outdoors with their child in imaginative, new ways. With a little dirt, some water, and a few tools, these activities will bring parents and children together to share magical outdoor moments!

The Budding Gardener is edited by Mary B. Rein and includes contributions by 21 individuals.

My Review:

This book came to me just as Spring was starting to arrive here in Southern Alberta, and then we got blasted by winter once again. However, I have made a list of the activities that I would love to do with my children, and the children in my home daycare once the weather begins to improve more. 

The book is divided in the following sections:

Chapter 1: Watch It Grow - includes 11 activities

Chapter 2: Gardening Indoors and in Containers - includes eight activities

Chapter 3: Theme Gardens - includes 12 activities

Chapter 4: Taking Care of Your Garden - includes 12 activities

Chapter 5: Just For Fun - includes nine activities

One activity that we have started is a Fishbowl Jungle, from chapter one and I plan on doing Garden in a Wading Pool from Chapter 2 sometime in June.

If you are looking for a book to teach young children (even as young as two) about gardening and how things grow, I highly recommend The Budding Gardener. It is the perfect addition to any Early Childhood Education program, Family Child Care program, and homeschool program. It would also be great for early elementary classrooms.

BUY IT: You can purchase The Budding Gardener online, through its publisher, Gryphon House.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Gryphon House, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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