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Hard to believe it was three years ago that co-author, Marilyn Scott-Waters and I released our much-anticipated book, A Year in the Secret Garden, to a new generation of families THREE years ago! Where does time go?
This book came to be because, Marilyn Scott-Waters, a delightfully creative person who also happened to be a veteran author, and I were both inspired by the classic children’s book, The Secret Garden in our own unique ways. As moms, her and I had both spent years on a quest for new ways to pull books off of shelves and stories off of pages while encouraging kids to step away from technology for a while.
Despite data that shows that 80% of natural vitamin D comes from the rays of the sun, many children, roughly only 23% are spending enough time outside and welcoming the sun’s rays. Most children do not get enough vitamin D from food alone and are at risk of deficiency if they are spending prolonged periods of time indoors. This to us was a cry to create not only a clever solution, but also an amazing guidebook to help parents help their children regain their interest and love of nature.
Thus the idea/concept of A Year in the Secret Garden was born.
In a nutshell we wanted A Year in the Secret Garden to be the catalyst in introducing the beloved children’s classic, The Secret Garden to a new generation of families.
We wanted this high-quality, beautiful book to be a guide that used over two hundred full-color illustrations and photos to bring the magical story to life, with fascinating historical information, monthly gardening activities, easy-to-make recipes, and step-by-step crafts, designed to enchant readers of all ages.
And this book was not designed just for kids! Each month within the book has chapters that help families unlock the mysteries of a Secret Garden character, as well as have fun together creating the original crafts and activities based on the book. Our goal is to not only raise awareness for the necessity of families spending more quality “unplugged” time together, but to also share monthly activities that incorporate nature and the outdoors as well.
And that was what AYITSG ended up being 🙂
With over 120 pages, with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities for families to enjoy, learn, discover and play together, A Year In the Secret Garden is an opportunity to introduce a new generations of families to the magic of this classic tale in a modern and innovative way that creates special learning and play times outside in nature. This book encourages families to step away from technology and into the kitchen, garden, reading nook and craft room.
A Year in the Secret Garden was written/created with over 120 pages, with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together.
This guide uses over two hundred full color illustrations and photos to bring the magical story to life, with fascinating historical information, monthly gardening activities, easy-to-make recipes, and step-by-step crafts, designed to enchant readers of all ages. Each month your family will unlock the mysteries of a Secret Garden character, as well as have fun together creating the original crafts and activities based on the book.
A Year in the Secret Garden Projects Include:
12 Gardening Activities that will get your kids outside digging in the dirt and encouraging their imaginations to sprout and grow. Some of the fun includes:
- Magic Carpets
- Planting Bulbs
- Old Man and the Spade Game
- Bringing in the Evergreen
- Ice Disks
- Garden in a Jar
- Seed Paper
- Seed Packets
- Plant Labels
- Hula Hoop Magic Circles
- Affirmation Stones
12 Secret Garden Recipes based on events and scenes in the book including:
- Curry Chicken
- Ploughman’s Lunch
- Hot Oat Cakes
- Toad in a Hole
- Parkin Cake
- Robin Cakes
- Tin Foil Breakfast
- Ladybug Sandwiches
12 Secret Garden Crafts based on the book:
- Jump Ropes
- Unique Bird Feeders
- Wutherin’Wind Flags
- Oaten Pipes (flute)
- Nest making
- Dickon’s Felt Creatures
Beautiful and Extraordinary Cutouts and Paper-crafts designed by Marilyn Scott-Waters:
- Character cut outs
- Seed Packets & Plant Labels
- Paper Garden Model
Explore Edwardian England:
- The Story of Misselwhaite Manor
- Learn Old British Money
- Jump Rope Rhymes
- Yorkshire phrase Book: Talk like Martha and Ben
- Victorian Family Life
- Complete Character Studies
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School is out and our youngsters are settling into a new summer routine of sleeping in and hopefully doing some exploring and discovering. With the hectic days of summer just beginning, oftentimes one of the first habit to go by the wayside is the habit of daily reading.
Reading is always an important part of our children’s lives no matter what time of year it is so I decided to wrap my knowledge of fun kidlit books and activities up with my experience as one of the co-founders of the very successful Multicultural Children’s Book Day and create a unique resource for parents who are looking for creative ways to keep their kids reading this summer. Reading is important, but so is helping our young readers learn about other cultures, religions and traditions through the pages of these books. Here are some great booklists and resources that I have created over the years at Jump Into a Book that will not only give parents and readers great ideas on diverse kids’ books, but fun activities related to books that will bring stories to life!
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