Gardening Art

3-D Flowers

Make flowers using 2 paper cupcake liners and 1 popsicle stick painted green on both sides (I pre-paint the stick.) glue a flattened or slightly flattened cupcake liner to each side of the popsicle stick, glue a yellow or black circle to the center of each liner.

Materials needed:
Bathroom paper roll
Green pipe cleaner
Cupcake liner
Construction paper
Markers or stickers
Hole punch

Cut construction paper to fit around tube. Have child decorate the construction paper. Tape on tube and cut or punch out a hole on bottom of tube. Put the pipe cleaner through and have come out of the top on other end. Then have child cut ridges on cupcake liner and punch through the middle of the pipe cleaner that is sticking out. Last, make a fold to hold the flower up.

Cut the shape of the fruit are vegetable form construction paper (apples, carrots, etc.) e.g for the apple cut red (are the color you want the apple to be) for the outside, then white for the inside, use the stem and seeds from the real fruit and glue them on it. Children love to do this I did it with my Preschoolers, I also made a book to send home and the parent were very happy.

Cut various sized circles of green construction paper. Try to use 2 different shades of green. Alternating sizes and shades, glue circles together using same center point and overlapping slightly. Should look like a 3D lettuce for your bulletin “garden”.

First, I had someone draw vegetables and I photocopied them on white paper. The children then painted 5 or so different vegetables. After the paint dried I attached them to craft/popsicle sticks. The children then “planted” their vegetable in the “garden”. (The garden consisted of a Tupperware container filled with potting soil.) You could use your sensory table, but I needed to be able to put our garden away because of the age I teach. We surrounded the container with a construction paper picket fence and put a sign up -“Welcome to our garden!” My toddlers and twos loved this project!

After reading “Planting a Rainbow,” supply various sizes of coffee filters, liquid watercolors and pipettes. Children can cut our flower shapes from the filters. Using pipettes, the children will squeeze colors onto the filters. They are excited to see how the colors travel. While they are drying, have the children cut stems and leaves. They then glue these to the coffee filters. Make a mural from these flowers. Children may add a sun, soil, etc. with markers. Please note: Be sure to put a lot of newspapers on the table.