The Butterfly Dance (2018)
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt (2015)
Smithsonian Maker Lab Outdoors (2018)
The book Smithsonian Maker Lab Outdoors by Jack Challoner (2018) is a perfect place to start if you and your child are interested in STEAM activities. This book offers a number of projects that will work beautifully in your pollinator garden. Children aged 8 to 13 are sure to find something that will pique interest and encourage hands on learning as they flip through this perfectly illustrated book.
Smithsonian Maker Lab Outdoors is compiled of projects that make use of household items and recycled goods. The step by step instructions are clearly laid out and the simple prose is easy to follow. The pictures are colourful and show examples of how each project can be used for STEAM based learning.
Some examples of projects that will work nicely with your pollinator garden: the worry project, make your own butterfly feeder, create a soil free planter, seedling pots – making compostable pots for seedlings/paper recycling and grow your own inedible mushrooms.
This book is a terrific way to get kids to take ownership of their learning. It is the perfect addition to a home or classroom library. As the founder of Maker Faire Dale Dougherty says, children should always “realize with their hand what they can imagine in their minds.”