Are you looking for ways to get your kids more interested in Creation than in their tech toys? Do you need ideas for your little nature lover to extend the explorations and build curiosity? Looking to turn your thumbs green in the garden? Here are a bunch of awesome resources we’ve found that can help you on your journey into your own secret, or not-so-secret, garden! Get the kids involved while you’re at it too!!
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Grow Your Own for Kids by Chris Collins & Lia Leendertz
This book is a tremendous starter book for elementary aged-kids to use independently, for younger kids to use with help, and even for adults as budding green thumbs. It provides a huge amount of easy-to-follow info about the best plants to start and tips for caring for your seeds from planting to harvesting, how to build a raised bed or container garden, how to create garden-inspired crafts, and so much more. We found this book at our library, but I’m going to buy my kids a copy to use as their own reference book! It’s definitely worth checking out!!
The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids: 101 ways to get kids outside, dirty, and having fun by Whitney Cohen & John Fisher
This book is an interesting one for sure, especially if you’re looking for some special projects like building barn owl houses, bat boxes, or ponds, creating DIY balms, teas, and bath salts, canning, freezing, or drying your harvests, and tons of other earth-mama adventures, even giving you tips to make a certified wildlife habitat. Games like bug races, worm bin bingo, and blindfolded meanderings and crafts like cornhusk dolls, mosaic stepping stones, and fairy gardens are also sprinkled throughout this treasure trove of seasonal garden ideas, complete with family photos that make you feel like one of the gang. It’s worth a look!!
Garden Classroom: Hands-On Activities in Math, Science, Literacy & Art by Cathy James
Jam-packed with TONS of ideas for introducing kids into nature and the garden, this insanely helpful book offers information and activities for parents and kids of ages 4-8. Chapters include Garden Basics, Play & Imagination, Reading & Writing, Science & Math, Arts & Crafts, and Garden Recipes. We have LOVED adding this book into our home school lives, but it is also extremely helpful for any teacher or parent or grandparent looking for simple, fun ways to bring the kids outside or to bring the outside indoors.
Project Garden: A Month-by Month Guide to Planting, Growing, and Exploring ALL Your Backyard Has to Offer by Stacy Tornio
Looking for a monthly planner to keep the kids busy year-round in the garden or on backyard-based explorations? The author has clearly taken kids’ and adults’ varied skill levels into account when she developed the activities in this great resource, filled with beautiful pictures and easy-to-follow gardening, craft, and cooking ideas. Get your garden growing now, regardless of what month it is!
Bird Watching for Kids: Bite-Sized Learning & Backyard Projects by George H. Harrison
“By involving children in efforts to make their backyards more attractive to wild birds, adults open a door of opportunity for their children to a greater understanding of our environment and a deeper love of nature – its beauty, drama, and wonder” (p. 7).
Filled with stunning photos and descriptions of birds and bird-friendly habitats, concise directions for building birdhouses and designing a backyard birdie oasis, and detailed feeding and watering tips to make the most inviting environment for feathery friends, this book is a tremendous resource for kids and families. For the tech-savvy, there are even QR codes to hear bird calls and apps for bird identification assistance. Awesome!
How to Raise Monarch Butterflies: A Step-By-Step Guide for Kids by Carol Pasternak
“Imagine… a pudgy, wormlike insect crafts an exquisite chrysalis and is reborn less than two weeks later as the most beautiful queen of them all” (p.4)
There’s no doubt that this book is an incredibly comprehensive guide for everything monarch, from body diagrams to gorgeous photos that clearly show the various stages of caterpillar and butterfly development. Also provided are multiple suggestions for creating a monarch nursery of your very own with easy-to-find, mostly recycled materials, also feeding requirements and sprinklings throughout of websites for more info. The only thing I can think of that may not have been mentioned is what to do if you don’t have milkweed that’s accessible (and thus you would have trouble gathering eggs and caterpillars on your own). Check out Insect Lore kit below to purchase the entire kit, including a voucher for eggs.
Insect Lore Original Butterfly Garden with Voucher for Eggs
We purchased this kit from Amazon last year, after monarch hatching season, so we’ll be sure to update here with our opinions about it! All I can say is that my monarch-loving Cottontail (our oldest) is super-excited to try raising monarchs from eggs. We harvested and tried planting some milkweed in a sunny, open field next to our house, so we’re hoping to be able to gather some eggs from our own milkweed or on some of the other milkweed plantings near us.