We had some amazing posts linked up to our Discover & Explore 'Gardening with Kids' linky. Be sure to stop by Fantastic Fun & Learning to see some of the cool science-related garden ideas that are being featured today.
I wanted to feature some of the great posts that would pair nicely with garden books for your summer reading list.
This is another great way to integrate books with fun activities to encourage more reading time for the kids. I've included links to each of the garden projects along with affiliate links for the books that we recommend reading with each activity. And be sure to check out all the additional projects in our Garden Linky below too.
"Dig Into Reading" with Garden Activities
Happy Birthday Author is an awesome book & activity site! The have dozens of ideas for great projects that pair up with kid books.
For gardening, they matched The Curious Garden with creating their own watering cans. I just love this art project because it really allows kids to get creative and excited about taking care of the plants!
Little Wonders' Days created a wonderful Sensory Garden for kids by planting some wonderful herbs! Growing herbs is always a fun activity for kids. The plants usually grow quickly and can be used in the kitchen when cooking meals. And they have a wonderful smell!
I would pair this activity with Kid's Herb Book, A: For Children of All Ages to share all the different ways herbs are used. The book includes some fun recipes along with kid-friendly activities.
Teach Beside Me shared some excellent Tips for Gardening with Kids and ways to really get kids involved in the gardening process.
They also paired the tips with 12 Fun Books about Seeds including a few of our favorites -- From Seed to Plant and Oh Say Can You Seed?: All About Flowering Plants (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library) - both great books that explain the process of seeds growing into plants.
For the Children introduced us to the world under the garden - Worms, snails & slugs! It's important for kids to understand that you can't just put a plant in the ground and expect it to grow. There are many insects and small animals that help the soil and plant to thrive!
Pair some observation of these fun creatures with books such as Are You a Snail? (Backyard Books), Yucky Worms: Read and Wonder and In the Garden: Who's Been Here?. For the Children also recommended a few books for the activity too!
And The Educator's Spin on It linked up a few great posts on how to grow root vegetables! Growing carrots can be a little tricky and take a while but is certainly worth the work! We have tried carrots in our garden and they are pretty fun to grow and the kids loved to harvest them -- it's a little surprise each time you pull one from the ground.
While waiting for your carrots to grow, the kids would enjoy reading a few fun carrot books:
Many thanks to everyone who shared their ideas & activities with us! The upcoming themes for the Discover & Explore linky are:
May 8th - Flowers
May 15th - Enjoy a Day at the Park (Nature & Outdoor Activities)
May 22nd - Art & Museum Fun