Gardens are where children's imaginations engage nature, and the result is joyful learning. Use this book to explore the unique and expansive learning opportunities offered by gardening with children-green thumb or the perfect plot of land not required.
Packed with colourful photographs and updated to address many childhood issues and gardening trends that have erupted in recent years, it reflects the growing concerns for children's nature deficit and the obesity epidemic, and it provides a wider variety of gardening projects, like vertical, green roof, and container gardens for limited-space or urban areas. It also contains more than thirty gardening activities for children of all ages-including experiences for infants and toddlers, because even the youngest children can and should be involved in gardening.
Sara Starbuck is an associate professor in the Department of Human Environmental Studies and the administrative director of the Early Childhood Centers for Training, Research, and Education at Southeast Missouri State University. She is deeply involved in connecting children to nature and in helping adults develop closer bonds with the natural world and an understanding of the importance of nature in the lives of children. Dr. Starbuck has over 30 years of experience in the field of early childhood education as a teacher educator, administrator, and teacher of young children.