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Encouraging Free Range Kids- A Secret Garden Tea Party to Remember

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It’s time for another Secret Garden Wednesday!  The blooming of flowers, buzzing of bees, summer travel planning and even a new batch of fox kits in my backyard has me hungering to be outside in the garden, even more, these days.

If you’d been following along, you know we have been revisiting some wonderful A Year in the Secret Garden-inspired activities for families. Just in case you are tuning in late, A Year in the Secret Garden is the kidlit book that I co-wrote with Marilyn Scott-Waters and was inspired by the love of a classic children’s book, Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

AYITSG  is our way of introducing Secret Garden to a new generation of families. 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

So Secret Garden Wednesday has been my way of pulling projects, learning and crafts from my book to help bring it too life. Here’s a recap:

Welcoming Spring

Porridge Anyone?

Nest Building Fun

Creating a Bee Wateringhole

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Discuss the Class of Hunger

And there’s more to come! I’ve also been blessed with the opportunity to create a very special Secret Garden Tea Party in my hometown of Maryville.  Intern and Audrey Press author, Hannah Rials, helped me put together this memorable tea party for a handful of sweet tweens and their moms. What a fun day it was!

Secret Garden Tea Party

Secret Garden Tea Party

Hannah and I made sure the tea party treats were Secret Garden-inspired, but also fun to eat!

Secret Garden Tea Party

Secret Garden Tea Party

These girls and their moms just loved it.

The girls ended up finding the secret passageway out of the garden. They hadn’t realized they were out of the secret garden.

Secret Garden Tea Party

They became free range kids running down the paths and into the forest etc. Their moms were concerned, but I assured them that they can’t get lost in the botanical garden and the pathways are inviting them to explore.

Secret Garden Tea Party

these girls just loved going free range and learning jump rope rhymes and the bubbles were a hit.

Just simple fun

It was so much fun. They were enchanted! So was I! I can’t wait for the opportunity to craft another Secret Garden Tea Party. I hope I’ve inspired you to do the same. Happy Reading!

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Enjoy month-by-month activities based on the classic children’s tale, The Secret Garden! A Year in the Secret Garden is a delightful children’s book 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. Grab your copy ASAP and “meet me in the garden!” http://amzn.to/1DTVnuX

A Year in The Secret Garden