Rachel Carson writes in “Rachel Carson writes in “The Sense of Wonder“, “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder…(s)he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” Her book consists of words and pictures to help you keep that wonder alive, and renew your own delight in the mysteries of the earth, sea, and sky. The Sense of Wonder“, “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder…(s)he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” Her book consists of words and pictures to help you keep that wonder alive, and renew your own delight in the mysteries of the earth, sea, and sky.
This page, as well as my related Pinterest board is based on the idea of using the garden as a way of saving our children from “Nature-Deficit Disorder”, as well as keeping alive their wonder & curiosity – Ruth
“The children and nature movement is fueled by this fundamental idea: the child in nature is an endangered species, and the health of children and the health of the Earth are inseparable.” —Richard Louv from “The Last Child in the Woods“
A reader writes about “Creating a Family Garden“: “…this was my favorite because it was not just about the plants and landscape, but how to play amongst them. That, to me, is what family gardening is ultimately about.”
Yes, of course, it ALL has to be FUN: gardening & learning! Fun Learning!
“Birds, Nests, & Eggs” is a fun, informative take-along guide that will help children identify 15 birds, also learn how & where birds build their homes & about their young. Fun & easy activities, plus a 7-page scrapbook for drawings & notes by young naturalists.
“Sunflower Houses” – A book for kids & their grownups: Childhood is captured in this little “magical book” by Sharon Lovejoy. If you want to revisit childhood, or create a magical experience with your child, this book is a must.
“If you like to garden or like to explore nature, have a child in your life you’d like to share that with, & like child-like things, this is a good book to have. It teaches you things like how to make clover chains & hollyhock dolls…”, filled with wonderful illustrations to help you recreate magical childhood moments.
“Roots, Shoots, Bucket, & Boots: Gardening Together with Children” Plant a pumpkin seed with a child, & cultivate wonder. This simple act of reconnecting with children with nature is Sharon Lovejoy’s purpose, joy & gift.
More fun & learning:
“Garden to Table“: step-by-step planting, care & harvesting tips give the beginning gardener a good basic understanding of the growing process, & where her/his food comes from. Over 30 delicious recipes made with basil, carrots, green beans, leaf lettuce, potatoes, and tomatoes, (easy-to-grow vegetables) to share with others.
“Gardening Lab for Kids: 52 FUN Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play, & Enjoy Your Garden (Hands-On Family)” A refreshing source of ideas to help your children learn to grow their own patch of earth, to get outside & enjoy nature. This fun & creative book features 52 plant-related activities, beginning with learning to read maps to find your heat zone, through seeds, soil, composting, & creating garden art…fun opportunities learning about botany, ecology, the seasons, food, patience, insects, eating, & cooking…”Love how the author pays special attention to recycling and repurposing items we would normally just toss out, only to end up in a landfill. Anyone with children could make good use of this book!”
Let them join in the fun & help with their very own tools:
And just for FUN: