|Themes||Instructions and Suggestions||Materials|
*Letter F > Flowers
*Letter G > Garden
*Letter R >
*Letter W > Water
Animals > Mammals > Farm > Forest > Rabbit
Character Education >
Crafts > Shapes > Easy Shapes Greeting Cards
Holidays and Events >
*April > Nat'l Garden Month
*May > Flower Month
Plants > Flowers | Water
Seasons > Spring
to 6 years old:
Children can make an easy greeting card for their parents, other relatives, a special babysitter or child care provider to celebrate National Garden Month, Flower Week, Easter, Spring and more.
Activity 1 > Plants > How a Seed Grows
This is also a good opportunity to discuss > How A Seed Grows:
1) The seed is planted in soil.
2) A root grows down into the soil.
3) The stem pushes up toward the sun.
4) The stem grows and leaves unfold.
Activity 2 > Online Story > Dottie's Garden
To help illustrate how a plant grow you can view this previous activity and visit this great online story Dottie's Garden to reinforce these concepts.
Activity #3 > Craft > Easy Shapes Greeting Cards Happy Gardening theme
18 months to 6 years old
* This craft activity will help
children learn about colors, shapes, about the images in the card
and about a holiday or special occasion or event.
* Let's call this technique
"layering,." Using different shapes and images you layer
them to form another image or landscape. Go to the links and
print a template of your choice and follow the instructions printed
there. A template with an optional greeting is also
available to glue inside the card or you can write one together.
* Older children can add and
decorate the plain colored pieces first with glitter, paint: brush
strokes, sponging, cotton ball dabbing, stampers, cut-up tissue
paper, etc. , and then proceed to layer the pieces as suggested in
the small image on the template.
* Envelope: Any
standard large greeting card envelope can be used - those left
over from the holidays. Make your own envelopes by using a
used one as a template. Trace the envelope over wrapping
paper - (usually the opposite side is white and the printed side
can be the inside of the envelope). Cut and glue and you have a
custom made envelope.
The card features a gardening
theme, flower basket, a rabbit, and watering can, and
two cards have Easter option label.
Shapes Greeting Cards
Greeting - two to choose from