“Mary Mary quite contrary” is a rhyme for this theme day.  Check here for the words and the historical/symbolic meaning of the poem (which has nothing to do with gardening and is quite morbid so it might appeal to older children but not little ones): http://www.famousquotes.me.uk/nursery_rhymes/mary_mary_quite_contrary.htm

If you can think of any other garden related songs email us at Familythemedays@gmail.com

Simon and Garfunkle’s “Scarborough Fair” lists “parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme” in its lyrics, all herbs in our small garden so we listen to that song to prepare for some gardening.

Planting a garden is a fun thing to do as a family.  Not only is it good exercise being outside, weeding and watering, but it also promotes nutrition as gardening might encourage your children to try new vegetables.  You don’t need a big backyard to garden either.  If you have a sunny balcony you can plant a number of different vegetables and herbs together in a container. Spring or early summer (depending on where you live and what your growing season is like) is a great time to do this theme day.

 Print out the Family Theme Day Planner and decide which activities you’d like to do and in what order.

Garden

Parsley, sage, rosemary and...chives!

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Big or small, in a yard or in a container...gardening is fun with kids!

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