This week we are getting ready to welcome Spring by learning about flowers. We read Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert. I love this book and it is perfect for Sprout's level. And a great book to read with older kids too as you can discuss the variety of flowers that were planted and go into depth about the parts of a plant and how plants grow. The illustrations are perfect for this.
To go with this book, I thought it would be cute if Sprout made a flower mosaic using seeds. Wouldn't that be a great project?! Maybe for a different year. This year I chose to take contact paper and draw a flower and cut it out. I laid it in the bottom of a bowl and let Sprout pour "seeds" (yellow and green lentils and popcorn kernels) onto the contact paper to make her "mosaic."
The only problem I had now, was what to do with the flower when we were done. I thought about backing it with construction paper. But I didn't really like the way that looked, and I had a tough time getting it to seal due to the thickness of the lentils and popcorn.
I decided to use another piece of contact paper and create a deal on the outer edge. The cut the piece down to match the flower.
When were were done we use the extra for a sensory bucket (and find motor practice). I was quite impressed that Sprout kept most of the kernels and lentils in the bowl. And don't ask me what I was thinking by doing this on the carpet. This isn't the room where we have out Tot Trays, but I do most of our projects in here. Thankfully, the mess was kept to a minimum. In fact, most of the time Sprout cleaned up after herself when she dropped stuff outside the bowl.
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