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Garden Crafts For Children by Dawn Isaac

Garden Crafts For Children by Dawn Isaac

14/02/2013

Garden Crafts For Children by Dawn Isaac


Garden Crafts For Children is a fab book by Dawn Isaac, who is a garden designer and writer of the lovely kids gardening blog Little Green Fingers. If you haven't checked out the blog, do - it's always entertaining and she has some really practical ideas for gardening with children.

Dawn has put 35 of her best ideas in to this book. Some of the ideas are twists on old favourites (growing beans, scarecrows, bird feeders) but the instructions are clear and the pictures are lovely. Some of the ideas are more unusual - the ice mobiles (which Dawn let us link to
on here) and the cress caterpillars.


The book is divided into different types of project - things you can plant on a windowsill, food growing ideas, garden related crafts, outdoor planting projects and things to grow in containers. I love the fact that there is something you can do on any day of the year, regardless of the weather, and lots of the projects don't require any special equipment or expense.

I particularly like these two projects, which combine messy art and growing:


Bunny Ears Carrots                                                                Cress Caterpillar 

The best thing about it for me, as a parent, was that when it arrived I was able to go through it and think "we can actually do those". As opposed to the usual "Better not let the kids see that one, because if I have to try to attempt that with my kids I may well have a nervous breakdown, hiatus hernia or both". All the projects are achievable for ordinary parents, with real children, not just the sort of children that other people have, you know the ones who can play five instruments, captain every sports team and turn up on Junior Masterchef cooking a souffle. Yes, those ones. Well, my kids are ace, but they're also human, and they can do all of these projects, without me reaching for the G without any T. So incase you worry about buying this for other people's kids and effectively buying a horrendous list of obligations for their parents, don't worry. There's something do-able for everyone in here.


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