Last month I took R (4 yrs) to a local zoo and one of the highlights was a beautiful butterfly enclosure. He is always so excited when we spot a butterfly in our garden but they are elusive and usually flutter away before he’s able to observe them properly. The butterfly enclosure was so exciting to him.
We were able to observe them very closely as they sat on the plants in the enclosure. Those of you who follow OnePerfect Day on Instagram will recognise the photo above which I shared last month.
All of this has sparked R’s interest in butterflies so I opened our copy of The Garden Classroom – the fabulous e-book from Cathy at Nurturestore. The gorgeous colour photos throughout The Garden Classroom make this e-book such a pleasure to read and R loves to flip through the pages himself and pick out our next project. When he spotted Cathy’s clothes peg butterflies he couldn’t wait to get started.
How cute is this little guy? We have been making our way through the wonderful kids gardening activities in the e-book. It is full of fun projects to introduce kids to the wonders and pleasures of gardening, and the activities offer learning opportunities in math, literacy, cooking skills, art, craft and science.
R loved making these sweet little butterflies and afterwards there was lots of imaginative play as we took them on a flight around the living room. These will make a really sweet Mother’s Day gift and R is very excited to be giving them to his grandmothers this Mother’s Day.
The Garden Classroom has been such a wonderful resource. There are so many projects and there’s always something that takes our fancy. The projects are suitable for kids from two through to ten so I know we’ll have years of use from this book.
Cathy provides lots of tips for extending the learning opportunities for each project – even in a simple craft like this one. During this project, we talked about symmetry, colour and butterfly life cycles.
The instructions in The Garden Classroom are clear and simple. I really appreciated the tip about standing our clothes pegs on a glass to help press the wings in place while the glue dried.
I think what I love most about The Garden Classroom is the sheer number and variety of projects. There’s always something to inspire us. There are ideas for growing our own fruit and vegetables, bringing the outdoors inside with our own mini meadow, recipes for enjoying all of our home-grown produce, art and craft projects, science projects, maths and literacy activities, indoor activities, outdoor activities, and there are projects for every season of the year.
The Garden Classroom is available for download as an e-book. Just click on any of the links in this post to download your copy and, to celebrate the beginning of Spring, Cathy is offering a 25% discount off the cover price! Simply enter the discount code GrowingKids1 at the checkout to receive your discount. The 25% discount code is only valid until March 8, so be quick!
Cathy kindly spoke with me last year about her wonderful book. You can read the full interview here.
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