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Natural Sponge Gardens
April 27, 2018
We know we cannot plant seeds with closed fists. To sow, we must open our hands.
-Adolfo Perez Esquivel

An affordable and easy-to-accomplish idea for helping children experience the magic of seed growth is to create a natural sponge garden. Sandra Duncan and Jody Martin explain how in their popular new book, Bringing the Outside In:

"Plant a fast-growing garden on a natural sponge. Soak the natural sponge in water for 10 to 15 minutes and then gently squeeze the excess moisture out of the sponge. After soaking some fast-growing seeds (i.e. mung beans, parsley, grass, mustard) in room temperature water for at least four hours, drop the seeds into the holes of the partially wet sponge. Tie a string around the sponge and hang it up in a moderately sunny spot.

Check the sponge each day to be sure it’s moist – a good responsibility for children and excellent documentation opportunity. On the weekends, give the sponge an extra dose of water or place the sponge in a shallow container with a small amount of water to keep it from drying out."

NEW Book Now Available
Bringing the Outside In

This wonderful new resource is filled with ideas for supporting children's creative explorations, inspired by the wonders of nature. Each hands-on, open-ended, and sensory oriented experience is designed to spark discovery and imagination; encourage conversations and collaborations; and allow young children to develop a sense of wonder and get to know the natural world.

As a support to you, Bringing the Outside In
is 20% off for a limited time!

Enter code "Outside" when prompted.

Offer valid through April 28, 2018 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.
May not be combined with any other offer.



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