The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids

The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids: 101 Ways to Get Kids Outside, Dirty, and Having Fun

“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 discover that gardening takes a back seat to late-night dinner parties and Sunday morning sleep-ins once they have children. Raising children and tending to a garden can be a balancing act, leaving the family garden neglected and forgotten. However, children make excellent gardening companions, and the benefits of including them are unavoidable. Gardening encourages children to spend time outside and away from television and video games, strengthens their connection to plants and animals, and fosters an appreciation for fresh fruits and vegetables. Their participation results in the true harvest of a family garden.

Whitney Cohen and John Fisher use their years of experience teaching in the Life Lab Garden Classroom and gardening with their own children to teach parents how to incorporate the garden into their family life, regardless of its size or scope. The book includes straightforward gardening advice, such as how to design a child-friendly garden, how to create fun-filled theme gardens, and how to cook and preserve garden produce. Additionally, 101 family-friendly garden activities are included, ranging from Crunch-n-Munch Vegetable Beds and Muddy Miniature Masterpieces to berry harvesting for Fresh Fruity Pops.