Tuesday, July 17, 2012

In the Garden (Bouquet Theme)



Working in the garden with the seeds, dirt, flowers, vegetables and little critters is one of my favorite things to do. Kids love it as well so it was a fun theme!
Here are a few ideas and details for a
In the Garden Themed Event for
Sprouts and Seedlings (toddler/preschool and elementary age)...

We started out reading the book The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle – the kids had fun looking for the tiny seed on each page. Then we divided up into three craft stations. We then had snack, ran through the sprinkler and finished up one of the crafts. It was a great morning for in the garden!

The Tiny Seed BOOK
The Stuff
The Prep
The FUN!
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

Check out the book from the library, buy it from your favorite book store or my favorite online bookstore of www.half.com
1. Read the book and discuss the journey of the seed!


We did the next three crafts in centers with and a helper at each one. The kids rotated through each of the three stations and played and read books a little in between.

Basil in a Bottle

Most herbs, flowers or veggies will do for the planter.
The Stuff
The Prep
The FUN!
Empty soda bottle w/ lid (we used 2 liters)
Marker
Exacto knife
Scissors
Soil
Plant or seed (we used basil)
water


Mark a line around the bottle 5 inches up from the bottom

Cut a small slit with the exacto knife along the marker line so the kids can keep cutting around the bottle
1. Kids use the slit to start their scissors and cut along the marker line. Some kids may need help with this.

2. Flip the top of the bottle upside down into the bottom of the bottle.

3. Fill the top of the bottle with soil.

4. Add a plant or seed to the soil.

5. Pull the top of the bottle out and unscrew the lid. Add water in the bottom of the bottle. *We also sprinkled some water of the newly transplanted basil.

6. Put the top of the bottle back on top of the bottom and discuss how the water will seep up to the roots first.

Tissue Box Vase
This craft was from Creme de la Craft blog ~ check out the blog for great pictures and directions. She made hers with a larger tissue box which looked amazing but we used the smaller cube like ones. It was intended for a much older crafter but we thought it would be fun to try with the younger kids. I like crafts that have several stages and this one certainly did. They turned out beautiful! We used artificial flowers but fresh cut flowers would look even better!

The Stuff
The Prep
The FUN!
Tissue box
Newspaper strips
Plastic disposable cups
Modge podge
Paint
Foam brushes
Raffia or ribbon (optional)

Prep newspaper so it is in strips or have kids do this

Pell off plastic strip from tissue box hole



1. Use foam brush to apply a layer of Modge podge.

2. Apply a layer of newspaper strip over the Modge podge and repeat until tissue box is covered. Let dry.

3. Apply a layer of paint over the tissue box. Let dry.

4. Tie a ribbon or raffia around the tissue box.

5. Insert plastic cup into the hole of the tissue box.

6. Add flowers (and water if the flowers are real)!

Veggie Prints
This is a type of print that I have been wanting to try and the results were lovely! We laminated ours and made them into place mats but they would also look great as cards!

The Stuff
The Prep
The FUN!
Paper
Paint
Plates for paint
Veggies (we used lettuce, celery, carrots and corn on the cob)
Cut the ends off the veggies

Put paint on plates

1. Dip veggies in paint and press on paper.

2. Repeat until picture looks great!

Flower and Veggie SNACK
The Stuff
The Prep
The FUN!
Sugar cookie dough
Life savers
Flower cookie cutter (optional)
Veggies

Bake sugar cookies with a life saver in the middle

Cut up veggies

1. Kids can use the veggies to add to the flower by making a stem and leaves.

2. Then they can just gobble it up.

More ideas…

 
We also read
the book
My Garden





 
Please BRAINSTORM your ideas/suggestions in the COMMENTS below for the In the Garden Event!
Happy Crafting
~Sara, Becky and Keri
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