Regardless of these little incidents I think craft can be one of the most gratifying projects a child and parent can do together. It is fun, they kids are using their fine motor skills and problem solving skills, and they are using their imagination. Another great project is planting seeds and/or plants. Although you have to be careful with the combination of potting mix and children (potting mix is toxic), it is a great way to get kids interested in the environment and they are absolutely chuffed when they see seeds growing into seedlings, flowers emerging, and plants growing. (It is a great gift idea for little ones too. Instead of buying endless presents that I'm sure most kids don't even give a second look to, try giving a potplant holder and a packet of seeds, or seedlings ready to be planted). Check out this site for some more great info on kids and gardening: http://www.global-garden.com.au/gardenkids_grow1.htm
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