Grandparents Teach, Too: Creating a flower garden in a day
Sometimes a springtime atmosphere needs a little nudge. Here is an easy table decoration activity for springtime family gatherings that gets the flowers inside and brightens the house.
Why do these little extra activities? New studies report adults are talking with children only a total average of 30 minutes a day — a few minutes here, a few minutes there. Most of the talking is giving directions. Children in kindergarten through eighth grade in 2019 have half the vocabulary of those who attended school in the 1950s, according to test scores. How do we reverse this trend?
We can carry on conversations with children every day while doing a variety of active and quiet activities including helping around the house. Another tip is to leave all technology at a charging station at the door when everyone enters the home for the night. On weekends, consciously schedule family conversations with activities and meals.
To make an indoor flower garden, you’ll need watercolor paints, white paper or poster board, coffee filters, play dough, popsicle sticks, child scissors, glue, an egg carton, colored Easter basket grass and bowl for the constructed flowers.
Look at some flowers with the children while shopping in stores and take some pictures. Choose which easy ones you would like to draw on white paper. This time of year has many Easter lilies and tulips, for example. Help young children paint the flowers and leaf shapes. Allow to dry. Then help children cut them out. Paint popsicle sticks green for stems and allow to dry. You may glue the painted flowers to poster board to make them stronger and cut them out. The children can also make duplicates to glue on both sides of popsicle sticks.
Cut the egg carton to fit the bottom of a bowl. Place a drop of glue into each egg compartment and press the dough into the glue. Push the popsicle sticks into the dough and you have a garden centerpiece for the springtime table.
While creating the project, discuss where you will see flowers in your yard once the snow melts. Which varieties and colors do children like the best? What are the parts of a flower? Have a conversation about gardens, flowers and what they need to grow. This is also a good time to discuss planting flowers, vegetable, and berries in a month or more.
Take a tour. Are there any bulbs coming up under the dried leaves?
For additional fun, plant some seeds in another egg carton or paper cup. You can visit the library and look for books with bright colorful pictures of plants and flowers such as “Flowers, A First Discovery Book” by Gallimard Jeunesse.
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