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What I’m reading: The Children’s Garden by Matthew Appleby

A couple of weeks ago we were sent a copy of The Children’s Garden by Matthew Appleby to review. We’re all ready for Spring so this seemed like a great time to read a seasonal crafty book.

the children's garden book cover

My children love to play outside and are lucky to have a sand pit, water table, playhouse and mud kitchen. You would think that would be enough to keep them busy, but someone it is nice to have little crafty projects too.

A garden can be a place for discovery, creativity and fun, and a space that encourages children to enjoy and engage with the natural world. Through 52 exciting family projects, this book will inspire parents and their children to play and learn in the garden, with activities including nature trails, cooking, crafting and growing plants and vegetables.

Ex-primary teacher Matthew Appleby (author of The Allotment Planner) has tapped into his first-hand experience of parenting and teaching to devise these seasonal projects for every week of the year. The Children’s Garden is the perfect companion for families looking to discover the magic and adventure their gardens have to offer. Projects include: Plant a scented handbag, All-you -can -eat basket, Homemade seed bombs, Turf tattoos, Keeping chickens, Sand play and art, Snacks for super heroes, Foraging fun, In search of forest finds, Ugly veg and Craft a Dalek compost bin.

The Children‘s Garden: Loads of Things to Make & Grow by Matthew Appleby is published in March 2016 by Frances Lincoln, priced £14.99.

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    February 24, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    What a fab book. I’d love a copy to help plan what I need to do in the garden.

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