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hanging basket

Let us take our baskets early
To the meadows green,
While the wild-flowers still are pearly
With the dewdrops’ sheen.

Fill them full of blossoms rosy,
Violets and gay
Cowslips, every pretty posy
Welcoming the May.

Then our lovely loads we’ll carry
Down the village street,
On each door, with laughter merry,
Hang a basket sweet.

Hey-a-day-day! It is spring now,
Lazy folks, awake!
See the pretty things we bring now
For the May Day’s sake!

by Evaleen Stein

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Dream Poems
Poems about dreams and sleep and dream Poems
I found myself in a garden of dreams
Lost with no self-esteem or love
Shedding tears for lost passion-heartbroken
Despair without hope from above.

I reached down inside to find myself
In my garden of dreams alone
Discovering weeds had taken over within
For tears in bitterness I’d sown.

Then one day when least expected
As I explored my garden of dreams
I prayed softly somehow for a ray of hope
For a miracle or so it seemed.

I went back through my garden of dreams
Began pulling weeds up one by one
Then found seedlings of faith still lived there
As I basked in the morning sun.

I discovered happiness is a choice you make
When looking inside yourself-so it seems
So keep watering tiny seeds of faith deep within
Soon flowers will bloom in your garden of dreams.
Real Dreams
by Zoey

She walks through the rain,
hearing it splatter on the ground surrounding her.
Yet she remains completely dry,
never becoming the least bit damp.
She realizes that this was her dream.
She was not touched by anything,
nor was anything touched by her.
But as she relishes in the amazement,
that her dreams are no longer a fantasy.
She wonders,
is this what she really wanted,
and are anyone’s dreams really their own.
Or does a single person reside on
the ungraspable thoughts that float through their minds
as they conduct their life.
in their subconscious sanity,
they are hoping for something totally different.
She treads on,
and watches the water spread at her feet.
The thought of never getting back to her world startles her,
as she opens her eyes only to be staring beneath her wood framed bed,
in water saturated pajamas.
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Dreamer Poem

Take up a lyre, my son,

and play a song for me.

Your dreams have just begun,

as you have yet to see.

The world is out this door,

so journey on, and find

that dreams are life and more,

not only in your mind.

The world will know of you

if you so choose to sing.

Your heart will breathe anew

and soon sweet joy you’ll bring.

So take my lyre and play

the song your heart bids true.

I know you know the way,

I send my heart with you.

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With summer fast approacing, and seemingly endless days ahead, many parents fear the dreaded words from their children: “I’m bored!” Here are 20 activities to help keep boredom at bay:1) Fingerpaint with shaving cream on colored construction paper.2) Decorate a clay pot and plant a flower, herb, or tomato plant. Nurture it and watch it grow.

3) Draw a picture and mail it to Grandma and Grandpa. Or have them mail themselves a letter and see how long it takes to get back to them.

4) Decorate rocks with tempera paint. Add eyes to make them into insects or animals, or start a rock garden by filling a decorated shoe box with soil and placing the rocks in it.

5) Play with a magnet. Learn what it will and will not pick up. Attach it to string and tie it to a stick. Go fishing for paperclips.

6) Spray paint 2 liter bottles and use them as bowling pins.

7) Make a bird feeder by rolling a pinecone in peanut butter, then in bird seed. Hang it from a tree with string.

8) Have your kids design their own placemats. Help them cover their art work with clear contact paper.

9) Hide an object in a room and have your kids hunt for it. Tell them if they are “hot” when they get close to it or “cold” if they move away from it.

10) Have your kids help you wash the car. Spray them when they are not looking, and be prepared for a water fight. Have fun and plan to get really wet!

11) Make macaroni jewelry. You can color the macaroni by mixing one tablespoon food coloring with two tablespoons rubbing alcohol and stirring in the dry noodles. Make several colors.

12) Put a sheet over a table to create a tent and have a picnic lunch inside.

13) Read and act out one of your child’s favorite stories.

14) Go on a nature walk and study birds, leaves, and wild flowers. Try to identify them. Make a notebook of everything you learned about.

15) Use craft paints to decorate an old t-shirt.

16) Soak a cut celery stalk in a jar or glass of water tinted with food coloring. Watch what happens to it the next day.

17) Have a Hula Hoop contest.

18) Make a cake and let your children help you decorate it with colored frosting and candies.

19) Have a sock war. Designate an area free of breakables, set boundaries, and divide into two teams. Start firing!

20) Start a “summer journal”. Help your kids write about the things you did each day and let them illustrate it. Keep these to look back on as they get older.

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Keeping children safe in all aspects of life is important, but this especially applies in the garden. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the potential dangers lurking in the garden environment. From drowning in ponds and harmful plants or insects to accidents and misuse of tools, garden dangers are real and should be a cause for concern. Teach children how to prevent these hazards by educating them on garden safety.


Steps To Follow

Never, for any reason, leave children unattended outdoors or in the garden, especially near water. Although it’s not considered a substitute for adult supervision, fences are a good way to keep children from wandering into dangerous territory. Consider fencing in areas near ponds and pools. Also, be careful not to leave buckets of water accessible to young children, as they can fall in and drown.


Make sure your kids know good plants from bad ones. Teach them never to eat any plants without the explicit consent of an adult. Point out any unsafe plants that may sting or prick them in the garden and elsewhere, such as rose bushes, holly and cactus plants. In fact, it may be a good idea to avoid these plants altogether if you have young children.

Teach children about bees and other stinging insects, including caterpillars, and how to avoid them. They should be made aware of their habitats and favourite hangouts as well. Explain to children not to touch or swat at these creatures. Also, make sure children always wear shoes outdoors and in the garden. Do not let them wear bright clothing or fragrances, which can attract stinging or biting insects.

Do not use power tools or lawnmowers when children are nearby. Likewise, don’t leave garden tools unattended. While it’s ok to provide them with tools of their own, be sure they are specifically designed for children and only used with adult supervision. Teach children the proper way to use them and when, and put them up after each use, teaching your children to do the same. Always help children if sharp tools are to be used, such as pruning shears.

Although it’s better for everyone, especially the environment, not to use chemicals pesticides or fertilisers, if you must do so keep them away from children. In fact, lock them up.

Be cautious when it comes to staking up plants and using structures like trellises. Use tall stakes rather than small ones to prevent accidents or injuries. Children love to climb. Make it clear that only suitable play structures, such as monkey bars, may be used for climbing. Do not allow climbing on structures such as fences, or trellises, which can lead to falls and other accidents.

Finally, always encourage children to wash their hands after being outdoors and in the garden. Germs are the number one cause for many illnesses.

One of the easiest ways to instil garden safety in children is to start teaching them the basics at a young age and throughout their growing years. Try to be creative and keep the learning process fun. For instance, create a chart using pictures of safe and unsafe garden practices. Take them on frequent nature trips to help them become familiar with local plants and insects. Anything that you can think of that might strike up interest in your kids will help. After all, no one knows your children better than you do.

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Gardening Poems for Gardening Kids 

Every child who has gardening tools,

Should learn by heart these gardening rules.

He who owns a gardening spade,

Should be able to dig the depth of its blade.

He who owns a gardening hoe,

Must be sure how he means his strokes to go.

But he who owns a gardening fork,

May make it do all the other tools’ work.

Though to shift, or to pot, or annex what you can,

A trowel’s the tool for child, woman, or man.

‘Twas a bird that sits in the sycamore tree,

Who sang these gardening songs to me.

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