On my last blog post I shared our little sprout houses that the children created last month. Over a period of a few weeks we took our seeds out the sprout house to observe them and write about them in our learning journals. We even worked on labeling portions of the pictures with some of the key science words we have learned such as: SEED, SPROUT, and ROOT. They did a great job looking closely at their sprouts and drawing their pictures.
Once we finished with our drawings, I gave each child a copy of the plant life cycle to color and put in the correct order.
They did all of the coloring and cutting themselves. I am so proud of their progress with coloring and cutting and how much their fine motor skills have improved this year.
The children got to work and draw their observations while enjoying the fresh breeze in our new outdoor area!
Then we painted and filled up flower pots with soil, and added our bean sprouts to the pots to take home!
This week we cut apart an order for potting a plant. We discussed the words first through sixth. Then we put the cards in the correct order from start to finish in our learning journals.
We also read the book, “The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle. After reading the story we worked on a painting project using a variety of paint brushes. After the paintings dried we cut the paper into petal shapes and added the flower parts to the art work. The results were stunning!
We also created plastic plate flowers as a garden decoration. They painted plastic plates with acrylic paint, and I sprayed the plate with an acrylic shell to protect for the weather and elements. Then we attached them to a garden stake, and gave them to our Moms on Mother’s Day! I have mine proudly displayed in our garden.
We also used our chocolate play dough to create these beautiful nests with our safari limited birds and mini eggs.
It has been so fun exploring flowers, plants, and seeds this spring! Only a few more weeks of school, and soon summer will be upon us!