Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for “rookie” parents, “third-times-the-charm” parents, or even “been-there-done-that” grandparents? You’re in luck! Gryphon House is counting down our favorite picks for parents. Whether you’re looking to spice up a holiday road trip, explore some exciting art activities, or bring out your baby’s “baby smarts,” we’ve got a book for that!
Curious kids (and parents) will discover their green thumbs with the fun-filled gardening activities in The Budding Gardener. With a little dirt, some water, and few tools, the 50 fun-filled activities in this book will bring you and your child together to share some magical outdoor moments.
Kids will enjoy making their own mini-gardens in the winter!
What You’ll Need:
- A clear glass or plastic container with a wide opening (a goldfish bowl or a small fish tank is ideal)
- A few small plants (Visit a garden center and look for small houseplants. Ivy and asparagus ferns are hardy and usually do well. For flowers, you might choose violas, small petunias, or miniature African violets.)
- Colorful aquarium rocks or other small gravel
- Newspapers or an old plastic tablecloth to cover your work area.
- Plastic measuring cup or other cup, for scooping dirt
- Potting soil
What to Do:
- Spread old newspaper or an old plastic tablecloth over your work area.
- Set out the container. Your child should fill it about ¼ full with colorful rocks or gravel.
- Now, using the cup, he can scoop potting soil into the container, filling it to about the halfway mark.
- Demonstrate how to remove the plants from their plastic nursery pots.
- With his small hands, let him make holes in the dirt and plant the little plants in the fish bowl. Press the dirt firmly around the roots and add a little more dirt if needed to keep them in place.
- Water the terrarium.
- For clean-up, bundle the excess potting soil in the old newspaper or tablecloth and take it outside.
- Place the indoor mini-garden near a sunny window but not in direct sun, and water it about twice a week. Do not over water this enclosed space! Your child may need guidance, but he will enjoy the responsibility of watering.
For more great ways for you and your budding gardeners to cultivate your love of the outdoors in imaginative, new ways, you can purchase your own copy of The Budding Gardener on our website.
Everyone at Gryphon House is thrilled to announce that The Budding Chef has been named one of Dr. Toy’s Top 100 Best Children’s Products of 2011. Recognized for its easy-to-follow instructions and easy-to-find ingredients, The Budding Chef joins this elite group of 100 wonderful new toys and products that meet Dr. Toy’s high standards for design, durability, price, quality, safety, and value!
Dr. Toy compiles this list of children’s products each year in order to help parents and teachers select the right products to enhance play and learning. After an extensive evaluation of this fun and fascinating parent resource, Dr. Toy found The Budding Chef to match her stringent criteria for excellence.
An introduction to cooking, The Budding Chef is filled with great ways for parents and their budding chefs to have fun together. Brimming with kitchen adventures, the recipes in this book are perfect for kids aged 3 to 6. The easy-to-follow instructions and easy-to-find ingredients help parents share their love of cooking in kid-friendly ways while creating special moments that they- and their child-will cherish forever.
The Budding Chef ($9.95, 72 pages, paperback, ISBN: 978-0-87659-372-1) edited by Kate Kuhn is available from Gryphon House, Inc.