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COMPOST: A FAMILY GUIDE TO MAKING SOIL FROM SCRAPS
COMPOST: A FAMILY GUIDE TO MAKING SOIL FROM SCRAPS

COMPOST: A FAMILY GUIDE TO MAKING SOIL FROM SCRAPS

What happens to the food we don’t eat …all those discarded apple cores and rejected Brussels sprouts? Did you know that there are as many living organisms in a teaspoon of soil as there are people in the whole world? And that wriggly worms are our cool, earthy friends?

In Compost, Ben Raskin shares his expert knowledge, answering these questions and many more through a whole heap of engaging activities and games. Teach your kids that composting is fun (and stop them from moaning about emptying the compost bucket) with this funky guide that takes you from compost menus (who knew worms were gourmands?) to Worms and Ladders, a fresh take on a traditional board game. Find out the rules for setting up your very own Worm Lovers’ Society, learn all about the garden-to-plate cycle together, and get your family’s feet firmly set on the road to a planet-friendly lifestyle.

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BEES, BUGS AND BUTTERFLIES
BEES, BUGS AND BUTTERFLIES

BEES, BUGS AND BUTTERFLIES

Get an up-close look at the buzzing, fluttering and squirming life teeming in your garden. Bees, Bugs & Butterflies explores the world of pollinators: the bugs that help plants thrive. Discover ways to attract the fascinating creatures that pollinate your fruits and vegetables, control pests and diseases, and even eliminate your organic trash.

Learn how to create an environment friendly to butterflies, bees, ants, and bats; build habitats for garden allies like ladybugs and lacewings, and gain an appreciation for the complex food web right outside your door.

Bees, Bugs & Butterflies include:

  • A visual guide to how bugs, bees, and butterflies can help your garden grow
  • How to build a bug apartment block and other hands-on projects to help your garden thrive
  • Pull-out activities, including a Garden Heroes game, a Pollinator’s Wheel (turn the dial to match the plants to their pollinators), a beetle mask, and four sheets of stickers
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TURN THIS BOOK INTO A BEEHIVE!
TURN THIS BOOK INTO A BEEHIVE!

TURN THIS BOOK INTO A BEEHIVE!

Turn This Book into a Beehive! teaches kids all about the fascinating world of bees. The fun exercises, activities, and illustrations engage their imagination and offer a deeper understanding of bee life and bee behavior. By following a few simple steps (including removing the book’s cover and taping it together), readers can transform the book into a living home for backyard bees. This book lets kids make a difference in the world: Building a home where bees can thrive is one small but critical step in reversing the alarming trend of dwindling bee populations.

Written by Lynn Brunelle, whose gift for making science fun earned her four Emmy Awards as a writer for “Bill Nye the Science Guy”, Turn This Book into a Beehive! introduces kids to the amazing mason bee, a non-aggressive, non-stinging super-pollinator that does the work of more than 100 honeybees. Mason bees usually live in hollow reeds or holes in wood, but here’s how to make a home just for them: Tear out the perforated paper (each illustrated as a different room in a house), roll the sheets into tubes, enclose the tubes using the book’s cover, and hang the structure outside. The bees will arrive, pack mud into the tubes, and begin pollinating all the plants in your backyard.

Twenty experiments and activities reveal even more about bees: how to smell like a bee, understand the role of flowers and pollen, learn how bees communicate with each other through “dance,” and more. It’s the real buzz on bees, delivered most ingeniously and interactively.

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MASON JAR SCIENCE: 40 SLIMY, SQUISHY, SUPER COOL EXPERIMENTS
MASON JAR SCIENCE: 40 SLIMY, SQUISHY, SUPER COOL EXPERIMENTS

MASON JAR SCIENCE: 40 SLIMY, SQUISHY, SUPER COOL EXPERIMENTS

Heatproof, transparent, and durable, the mason jar is a science lab just waiting to be discovered. Unlock its potential with 40 dynamic experiments for budding scientists ages eight and up. Using just a jar and a few ordinary household items, children learn to create miniature clouds, tiny tornadoes, small stalactites, and, of course, great goo and super slime!

With a little ingenuity, the jar can be converted into a lava lamp, a water prism, a balloon barometer, and a compass. Each fun-packed project offers small-scale ways to illustrate the big-picture principles of chemistry, botany, biology, physics, and more.

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MOTHER EARTH NEWS WISER LIVING SERIES: ONE-POT MEALS
MOTHER EARTH NEWS WISER LIVING SERIES: ONE-POT MEALS

MOTHER EARTH NEWS WISER LIVING SERIES: ONE-POT MEALS

Every chef knows that a big part of cooking is what you use to prepare the meal. In Mother Earth News One-Pot Meals, you’ll learn how to cook with every type of pot, from pressure cookers to cast-iron Dutch ovens. Every page in this issue is packed full of tips and recipes to cook for your next meal. From Woodstove Cabbage to Lamb Curry, you’ll be able to prepare a wide variety of dishes that require just one pot!

Starting with the first course and ending with dessert, the recipes in this issue will leave your taste buds wanting more. Whether it’s something basic like Shepherd’s Pie, something new like Tzimmes with Seitan, or a tasty sweet like Chocolate-Peppermint Fudge, it will quickly become a family favorite!

Other articles include:

  • The Joy of Clay Pot Cooking – Transfer the unique flavors of an open fire using this ancient technique of slow heating a ceramic vessel.
  • Weekly Meal Plan: 4 Recipes for Slow Cooker Pulled Pork – Tender, slow-cooked pork is the feature of these delectable standards that will get you and yours through an entire week.
  • Punching Up Pizza with Cast Iron – A pizza cooked in a cast-iron pan takes homemade pizza-making to professional levels!
  • And much more!
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