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Spring is upon us followed by longer days, flowering plants, and a long Spring Break for my son.
I cherish the breaks from school. I love planning for those days. I try to make everyday as memorable as possible and keep the learning slide at bay.
Tomorrow we’ll start our Spring Break together but we have already begun learning about plants. The last few weeks we covered what plants need. The next step was to learn parts of a plant. PJ’s favorite plants are yellow flowering plants.
What you will need:
- Sunflower seeds
- Colorful fabric to pattern out leaves
- Muffin cups
- Gift packaging twine
- Poster board or heavy paper
Ive seen some incredible spring crafts out there but I knew PJ would want to piece together his own creation.
Creating with familiar household items would help to make his craft become an ingenious work of art. I asked him “What kind of plant can you make with this?”
A yellow flowering plant of course!
PJ picked a green straw for one of the stems..after he picked a yellow muffin cup for the flower of the plant.
Peanuts and sunflower seeds are always a favorite snack I pack in his lunch box. I knew he would munch on the materials for this craft.
After he finished eating he glued seeds inside the flower cups.
He needed help making the roots. I helped him tie the packaging twine while he cut random sized pieces.
For the sake of not having to run to the store for artificial leaves (my first thought) or using perishable real leaves (my second thought) I dashed to the closet. I found an old hooded green sweater and cut small leaf like patterns out of the material.
PJ was curious and rubbed the leaves between his fingers while he eye-balled the holes in my old sweater. I explained it was old so I found a better use for it. We are recycling!
He shrugged and said okay. Then he glued the leaves on the stems.
I love the textured look of his masterpiece! He really took his time to create it. So, we were able to label and talk about each new part of the plant as he added it. This craft was the perfect extension to all the plant books we’ve been reading about! I’m going to display it in our living room for him to reference while we continue learning about plants and next flowers.
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