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A Child's Garden

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978 0881 928433
1.60 LBS
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Until recently, children played outdoors with carefree abandon after school and in the summer.  Today, however, children are more likely to spend their free time indoors, watching television, playing video games, or using a computer.  But children thrive in the natural world.  Studies show that they work and mature better mentally, physically, and emotionally when exposed to nature.

In this idea-filled book, A Child's Garden offers more than sixty simple ways to bring the out-of-doors into the lives of children.  Molly Dannenmaier first explains what children really do when they step outside, which is not always what adults think they do or want them to do.  They love to play in water and with creepy critters.  They savor hideaways, cannot get enough dirt and sand, and relish climbing to great heights.  They want to make believe, and to nurture other growing things.  And most of all, they learn from everything that is new and stimulating.

Addressing these basic needs, A Child's Garden offers a wide range of innovative examples that show how to create special places in which children can experience nature on their own home turf.  Here are child-friendly ponds, places for pets, and private refuges.  Out-of-the-ordinary sandboxes are pictured, along with paths, mazes, furniture, peepholes, and scores of ideas for creative play areas that fit perfectly into adult gardens.  A child's questions about how flowers, food, and animals grow can be answered with miniature plots and places for pets and wild creatures.

Featured through this profusely illustrated book are miniature paradises that parents and grandparents have designed just for the children in their lives, highlightling an enchanting variety of elements that will make any garden come alive for children.

Contents:  Introduction, Home Territories, How children really play:

Water: Musical fountains, Personal ponds, Meandering brooks, Sensational waterfalls, Soothing pools,

Creatures: Backyard habitats, Fish & frog ponds, Roosts for birds, Butterfly ballets, Bountiful bats & bees, Pet places,

Refuges: Bush & tree hideaways, Vegetables bowers, Arbor retreats, Miniature forests, Willow nests, Woodland cottages,

Dirt: Earth berms, Digging to China, Simple sandboxes, Treasure hunts, Sticks & stones,

Heights: Trees for climbing, Bewitching tree houses, Natural play structures, Magical beanstalks,

Movement: Indispensible lawns, Soaring swings, Irresistible slides, Ball tricks, Jumping Jacks & Jills, Circular courses,

Make-believe: Secret paths, Mesmerizing mazes, Whimsical espaliers, Tempting topiaries, Tall grasses, Spectacular sunflowers, Artful ornament, Poetic gates, Fanciful fences, Playful peepholes, Lilliputian furniture,

Nurture: Fairy-tale vegetables, Child-sized orchards, Candy-fragrant herbs, Old-time berry bushes, Pickable posies, Majestic meadows,


Molly Dannenmaier, 1998, 180 p, beautifully colored photos & illustrations throughout, soft.  $19.95

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