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Gardening with Kids - Part 2: Activities & Experiments

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Gardening with Kids - Part 2: Activities & Experiments

On the blog last week, I told the story of how my son and I started gardening together. The activity doesn't seem to get old as he gets older either... He still loves to water the plants in the morning, and I love seeing him begin to develop an understanding and appreciation for the natural world. If you missed it, feel free to read the story here.  In part two of this "Gardening with Kids" series, I thought it would be nice to share some fun nature-related activities that you can try with your little ones! Gardening Activities  How to Make...

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Gardening with Kids - Part 1

Gardening with Kids - Part 1

My son and I planted our first seeds together when he was a mere one and a half years old. That initial attempt at creating a vegetable garden didn’t go so well… Our tomato plants weren’t fond of the wind on the balcony, and unfortunately they never flourished. The next year, we planted carrots, herbs, and strawberries instead to great success. Both our failure and our success, taught my son valuable lessons about life and how the natural world works. That’s when I realized just how valuable an educational experience gardening is for children. Through gardening, a child can not...

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Story Time: Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn

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Story Time: Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn

Spring has arrived! You can smell it in the crisp morning air and see it as leaves begin to unfurl on the bare winter trees. With nature making it's yearly comeback, I thought it was a perfect time to introduce a beautiful little book on gardening and the wonders of life. I just love the process depicted in Lola Plants a Garden written by Anna McQuinn and illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw. In their book, Lola, a little girl, falls in love with the poem Mary, Mary Quite Contrary... which makes her want to plant her own garden! She is a very curious little girl, so...

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April Fools' Day aka Poisson D'Avril!

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April Fools' Day aka Poisson D'Avril!

The origin of April Fools’ Day is shrouded in mystery. Nobody can say definitively where the tradition came from although there are some plausible theories. The most popular of these theories postulates that April Fools originated from the adoption of a new calendar. You see, back in medieval times, many cultures in Europe celebrated the New Year around April 1st. When Pope Gregory XIII implemented the Gregorian Calendar, New Years’ shifted to January 1. However, it took a while for the new calendar to catch on, and in the meantime, people continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1st....

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Story Time: Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins

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Story Time: Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins

April Fool's translates to "Poisson D'Avril" in French. Now, I know what you're thinking, and you're not wrong... What do fish have to do with April Fool's? For the French, everything! There is a long standing tradition in France of colouring and cutting out paper fish on the first day of April and sticking them to people's backs as a form of practical joke. Children all over the country do their best colouring jobs on a sea's worth of multicoloured cardboard creatures, and then have a blast running around sticking their creations to the backs of unsuspecting victims. No one...

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