Friday, March 18, 2011

Petal Power

Today was FULL of all things flowers, including one made out of a toilet paper tube!  (I am convinced that you can do almost ANYTHING with a toilet paper tube!)  Here are some photos from today:

Posing with our 'Spring Flower' made with just a few sheets of tissue paper and pipe cleaners!
 The materials for our 'Make a Flower Bloom' craft ... note the toilet paper tube!  :)
 Painting the bamboo skewer for our flower's stem green ...
 Measure in two inches from one end of your toilet paper tube roll and draw a line around the roll with a pencil.  Repeat on the other end, as shown, so you are left with a band in the middle between your two drawn lines.  (The magazine photo under my tube is what your flowers should look like when they are done!)
Next, take your scissors and snip strips, roughly 1/2-inch wide, up both sides of your tube to each of your pencil lines, as shown. 
 Then, fold back each of your tube's strips on both sides to create petals.
 Paint your flower petals whatever color you prefer!  (Mags chose yellow.)
 Our flower, drying and waiting for its second coat ...
Cut a leaf from green paper and glue on to your skewer once dry.
Next, push your skewer through the center of your flower until it just touches the other end.
 Finally, ball up your tissue paper and stick in the center hole.  (This does NOT take a whole piece, rather, a small one, and it's a fun thing for them to do.)
 Painting the leaves on her 'Handprint Flower' ...
 Ready to make our 'Petal Power' snack, Maggie noticed the seeds in our red pepper and wanted to scoop them out into a bowl.
 Our 'Petal Power' snack (red pepper petals, a green onion stem, and ranch dip)!
 It's amazing what they will eat when it's made fun!  :)
 Our lavender 'Eggling' (bought at a novelty store last year), added to the plethora of projects already at our kitchen window!  :)
 Ready to make cookies with our Spring cookie cutters, bought at Williams Sonoma (I mention this because my sister-in-law will be so proud) ... 
Cracking the egg for our 'Egg Yolk Paint' ...
 Keep only the yolk, add 1/2 teaspoon of water, and mix well.  Once well mixed, separate the mixture and dye with food coloring to get assorted colors.
 Painting her cookies with her 'Egg Yolk Paint,' prior to cooking ...
 Looking good!
 Baked and ready to eat!  :)

Today, we:
Letters/Letter 'W':
1. We practiced writing big 'W' and little 'w,' both on paper and in the sugar tray.
2. We practiced writing her name.
Spring:
1. We read In My Garden: A Counting Book by Ward Shumaker.
2. We read Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert.
3. We read This Year's Garden by Cynthia Rylant.
4. We read Busy in the Garden by George Shannon, a poetry book.  Here are two rhymes from the same:
     'Garden Math'
     Two seeds and two seeds,
     that makes four.
     But plant them in the ground,
     and you'll get more!

     'Blue Ribbon'
     To grow the size
     that wins a prize,
     it's always wise
     to fertilize.
5. We read This is the Sunflower by Lola M. Schaefer.
6. We read Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems by Francisco X. Alarcon.
7. We cracked and grew our Lavender Eggling.
8. We did the 'Spring Flowers' activity in our Toddler's Busy Play Book, page 17 (flowers made of tissue paper and pipe cleaners).
9. We made the 'Make a Flower Bloom' craft using a toilet paper tube, as shown in one of my many magazine cut-outs.
10. We made the 'Handprint Flower' as seen on http://www.kiboomu.com/
11. We made sugar cookies using our Spring cookie cutters, then painted them using the 'Egg Yolk Paint' activity in our Toddler's Busy Play Book, page 15.
12. We made the 'Petal Power' snack as seen in the Spring 2010 issue of Publix's Family Style magazine.
Numbers:
1. We practiced writing numbers 3 and 4.

So, that wraps up our week!  We may do a few more Weather and Birds activities over the weekend, but it all depends on her mood.  Next week, we'll continue our study of Spring, start the letters 'X' and 'Y,' and start our Spring semester of Forest Friends in Auburn.  (Maggie relishes this class.)  See you then!

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