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Plants play a vital role in our everyday lives and children need to be aware of their importance.  We hope this page will help you to educate your child about plants and how their many uses impact our lives.

Be sure to check out the Kids Section of our "Going Green" page!!

LINKS
Looking for websites to help with your very own garden?  Want to play online games that have to do with gardening?  Looking for a really cool science fair project?  Look no further!! We have researched the World Wide Web and found several interesting websites which we have included on this page, along with a brief description.


GAMES/EDUCATIONAL

Science Projects for Kids
http://home.howstuffworks.com/science-projects-for-kids-classifying-plants.htm

Need to come up with a good science fair experiment?  There are several ideas on this page! You can do an experiment with plants or focus on soil.  There are also some nice ideas for projects that teachers and parents might like to do with children. 

Plants and Flowers-Online Games and More
http://www.primarygames.com/science/flowers/flowers.htm

Award winning site for teachers, parents, and kids featuring free educational games, coloring pages, interactive e-books, holiday activities, musical postcards, crafts, and more!



PLANT FUN AT HOME

Fun Project Ideas
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/kindergarden/fun/funpage.htm

This page has a lot of fun project ideas for children to do.  Some are things they might do by themselves, while others may require them to work with a parent. There are a lot of ideas to help children to explore the plant world and make discoveries of their own!!

Five Easy Indoor Gardening Projects for Kids
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/157696/five_easy_indoor_gardening_projects.html

This website introduces five different ideas for projects to do at home with your children...The pizza herb garden is a great idea to introduce children to the uses of herbs in cooking!! 

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Gardening with Kids

Gardening with your kids or grandkids can be a fun and rewarding experience for all involved. 

It gets the kids outdoors and learning outside of the classroom. 

Give children a space of their own to garden in, even a container garden would work. 

Let them choose their own plants to grow and encourage them to take ownership of their garden. 

Help your child to create a pizza garden where they can grow various herbs to put on their pizza.  This can help to make mealtime a fun time!!

This could turn into a life long love of gardening and the outdoors.


What do you do to teach your child about plants?  Share your ideas with us by
e-mailing Info@AlvatonNursery.com.  Please write "Ideas for Teaching Kids About Plants" in the subject line!!

GREAT GARDENING BOOKS!!
Here is a list of several books that you might find interesting if you want to read about plants...

The Carrot Seed
by Ruth Kraus

Cover Art - The Carrot Seed - Children's Picture Book
A little boy plants a carrot seed and is told by his family that it will not grow.  However, the little boy takes care of the area where he planted the seed and is later rewarded with a big carrot. (Ages 2-5)

The Gardener
by Sarah Stewart
Cover art of The Gardener children's picture book and Caldecott Honor Book
A little girl named Lydia who loves gardens is sent to the city to live with her Uncle Jim duirng the Depression.  Lydia creates gardens during her stay which transform the neighborhood and her relationship with her uncle.  (Ages 6-10)

Planting a Rainbow
by Lois Ehlert
  Cover Art of the children's picture book Planting A Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
A mother and her child plant flowers in a rainbow of colors in their yard. They begin in the fall by planting bulbs and then plant seedlings in the spring.  They are rewarded with a beautiful garden of flowers in the end.  (Ages 4 and up)

City Green
by DyAnne DiSalvo
Cover Art of the children's picture book City Green
A young girl and her neighbors work together to convert a vacant lot into a beautiful garden of flowers and vegetables for their community. (Ages 6-10)

Flower Garden
by Eve Bunting
Cover Art of the children's picture book Flower Garden
A little girl and her father plant flowers in a window box as a birthday gift for her mother.  They show that although living in the city, you can still have your very own garden. (Ages 3-6)

The Surprise Garden
by Zoe Hall
Cover Art of the children's picture book The Surprise Garden
Three children plant various shapes, sizes, and colors or seeds to create a garden.  The children take good careof their garden and since they're unsure of the kinds of seeds they have planted, they have a surprise garden in the end.  (Ages 3-6)

The Garden of Happiness
by Barbara Lambase
Cover art of the children's picture book The Garden of Happiness
A little girl named Marisol plants a seed she's found and it grows into a giant sunflower.  The neighbors enjoy the beautiful flower.  Marisol is upset when the sunflower dies, but is quickly cheered up when a group of teen artists paint a mural of sunflowers.

Growing Vegetable Soup
by Lois Ehlert
Cover art of children's picture book Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
This rhyming story is about a father and child's vegetable garden project.  The story tells about planting the seeds, the seeds sprouting, and then making delicious vegetable soup. 

Sunflower House
by Eve Bunting

Cover art of the children's picture book Sunflower House about gardening and fun in the garden
The story begins with a little boy planting a circle of sunflower seeds during the spring.  In the summer, the sunflowers grow, creating a "sunflower house" where the little boy and his friends enjoy spending their time.  During the fall, birds and children scatter the seeds.  (Ages 3-8)

And the Good Brown Earth
by Kathy Henderson
Cover art of children's picture book And the Good Brown Earth about gardens and gardening

Gram and Joe work to plant and take care of their very own garden.  They dig, plan, plant, weed, water, and gather produce throughout the story.  (Ages 3-6)

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