Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Spring Flowers

Books

We borrowed these six books from the library this week to help us psych up for spring and flowers! Little M&M asked me to read Huck Runs Amuck and Fran's Flower every day, multiple times a day. They made us laugh, and were super cute. Another I must mention is My Garden, because we love Kevin Henkes!


Quiet Bin

With the busy holidays and winter season, we allowed our quiet bin routine to slow down. But recently both kids have been asking for them; they just love the activities! So I threw just one bin together for our flower theme, and we used it when we had time.


First up was a Flower Number Line. I used my flower cutouts and taped them to toothpicks for the kids to practice number order with floral styrofoam. For Honey Pot, we also extended this into addition practice.



Also in the bin I included this invitation to use stamps and ink pads. The kids love using stamps from my paper scrapbooking supplies. They had fun with these.


And finally, Little M&M helped me to make a new batch of playdoh, and we used it alongside two flower cutters, a plastic flower pot and our playdoh tools and accessories.



The two kids had a lot of fun making and decorating cutouts.






Two kiddos hard at work!


Color-Changing Flowers - Science Experiment

I had been wanting to try this experiment out for a while. One day I finally brought home a bunch of white carnations from the grocery store, and asked the kids to help me dye water with food coloring.


We placed a couple carnations in each glass, and watched them gradually change color. The blue was the first to begin to change, within just a couple hours!


Over the next few days, we started to see some other colors as well.





Over the course of a week or so, we trimmed the stems down, and changed how many flowers shared a glass, to try to get optimal color changes. It was so fun to watch!


Fruit Loop Craft

Little M&M has been asking to do a craft with Fruit Loops. He really enjoyed making rainbows for St. Patrick's Day last year, and has wanted to use them again ever since! I decided the kids and I should make some flowers with them.





Honey Pot and I added other elements to our pictures, such as the sun and butterflies. They all turned out very cute!



To look back at our G is for Garden week, click here!

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