Simple Fun for Young Green Thumbs: Egg Carton Gardening with Your Kids

Spring is finally upon us after a long, cold winter!  Today at Simple Kids, we are celebrating with a fun,  educational project to inspire you and your little ones to get your hands dirty in the garden – Egg Carton Gardening!

First, I have a confession to make. While I love fresh, homegrown vegetables as much as the next gal, my thumb errs on the side of black. My husband typically bears the gardening responsibilities of our home while I handle the cooking. However, this project  is easy enough for a toddler to do.  It’s a great introduction to gardening for kids and novice adults alike.

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Weekend Links

Have you heard the joyous news?  The Simple Living Media family grew a little bit bigger this week.  Congratulations Aimee, Danny, and family!  Welcome sweet baby Clara!

I also want to mention two worthwhile things.  The first is a book that I will be reviewing here on Simple Kids in a few weeks, but I don”t want you to wait if you have a Spring birthday or party coming up.  The book is .  It has everything from recipes to crafts to decorating ideas and themes and it is kid-pleaser as well as a simple parenting guide for those of us wanting to offer our children a more natural festivity.

Second, I want to let Simple Kids readers know about contributor Amanda Morgan of Not Just Cute”s new e-course coming out, Parenting With Positive Guidance.  You can check out the details and get registered here.

Have a terrific weekend, everyone!

Cooking with Kids: Irish Flag Stew & Whole Wheat Soda Bread

The following post by contributor Christen Babb and originally appeared in March of 2010.

Every parent intuitively knows that the more your child is personally invested in a project, the more likely he is to learn and apply the knowledge gained. One of our many jobs as parents is to foster fun learning experiences that will encourage critical thinking and creative expression. If you are anything like me, sometimes it is hard enough to get through the day without adding another “to-do” to my list. However, when I decide to make an otherwise humble, everyday task a learning opportunity for my child, both of us are deeply enriched by the experience, creating a wonderful memory together.

Today, the featured recipes are in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. These recipes create an opportunity to teach your child a little bit about St. Patrick’s Day along with some hands-on-cooking techniques.  Cooking can be an exciting and powerful teaching tool for your child. You can be creative with any of your favorite recipes, applying information about family heritage or religious faith, for example.  As a bonus, your child will be more apt to eat the healthy foods he’s helped prepare!

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Tips for Creating a Child-Centered Space

 The following is by contributor Amanda Morgan of Not Just Cute.

With spring creeping in, I often get the urge to start reorganizing and redecorating.  With Tsh”s Project Simplify on top of that, there are many of us who are or soon will be swooping in to reclaim and renovate our kids” spaces.

But as we do so, I often wonder, are we approaching the project with the image of a magazine spread in mind or with our children in mind?  Here are a few things to consider when preparing a child-centered space. [Read more…]

Knitting (or Crocheting) Along: Mother Bear

The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.

Last winter I mentioned a cause close to my heart that I wanted to get involved in: The Mother Bear Project.  I pledged to knit a bear in honor of each of my kids.  I have my pattern, a stash of worsted weight yarn, and I”m ready to get started.

The Mother Bear Project

The Mother Bear Project is dedicated to making a difference and bringing comfort to children impacted by AIDS/HIV in emerging nations by giving them a handmade bear.  The bears are knit or crocheted and then given to the children with a tag signed by the crafter who poured his or her love into the stitches.

As a knitter, and as a mother who knows how much her own children are connected to their stuffed animals, I was immediately drawn to the project.  When my kids are sad or scared, they cuddle with their “lovies” and find comfort. Every child deserves to have a bear to love and cuddle – to find comfort.

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