by Irmgard Kutsch and Brigitte Walden; Foreword by Bärbel Höhn; Translated by Jane R. Helmchen
This book is packed full of fun nature activities that will help children engage with the season and learn practical new skills.
Activities for spring include building bird nesting boxes, sprouting seeds, landscaping and planting a garden, using plant-based dyes and paints, milk processing and beekeeping.
The activities in this book are based on practical experience from the Children's Nature and Garden Centre in Germany, and are fully tried and tested.
Softcover, 96 pages. 156 colour photographs and illustrations.
Table of Contents
Our Native Birds in Spring
Even Younger Children Can Help Build a Nesting Box
Nesting Help for Birds
Sowing, sprouting, growing
Caring for Flowers
Creating garden spaces
Garden Work and Health
Landscaping a Garden as a Group Project
What to Consider When Landscaping a Garden
Plant-based dyes and paints
Colour Chart for Plant Dyeing
Characteristics of Plants Used for Dyeing
Painting with Plant-Based Paints
The Invigorating Effect of Plant Colours
The Cow -- Serving Humankind Since Ancient Times
Milk -- Lifeblood of the Child
From Forest Bees to Beekeeping
The Bee Colony -- Structure and Organization
Biology of the Bee
How Can Children Be Included in Beekeeping?
'The authors display a deep understanding of child development and the important role that high quality sensory experiences play within healthy development...What sets the books apart is the imaginative quality of the projects, which range from landscaping ideas to apple-ring drying...so we are helped to create a rich outdoor environment with our children and then given lots of ideas for interesting things to do out there...Our children's relationship with the environment will surely be enriched through trying some of these projects...'
--Araminta Greaves, Resurgence, January / February 2007
'A very exciting book full of wonderful activites and information. Ideal for home schoolers and a must-have for any children's group. This book is totally inspiring and fills you with enthusiasm for the new season!'
-- Education Otherwise, February 2006