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May 19, 2015 Celebrate Growth With a Kinder Garden By Allie Magnuson
Grades PreK–K

    My students have grown and blossomed so much this year. I wanted to celebrate this in a fun way for the end of the year. I explained to the class how they started as seedlings and now have grown into beautiful flowers (I called them forget-me-nots, because they will always be in my heart!), so we set out to make a "Kinder Garden." We actually made two gardens: one inside, and one right outside our door. I'll show you how to make both.

     

     

     

    Tutorial 1: Indoor Garden

     

    Supplies:

    • Artificial flowers (one per student)

    • Styrofoam cylinders (one per student)

    • Student photos (one of each student)

    • Paper and art supplies

    • Glue dots

    • Bulletin board decorations

     

    Step 1:

    To begin, cut strips of paper that will fit around the cylinders. Have each student decorate one strip.

    Step 2:

    Wrap the paper strips around the cylinders and staple or tape the ends together.

    Step 3:

    Print the photos and cut a circle around each student's face. They don't have to be perfect circles, but if you're a perfectionist, try to find a circle shape small enough to trace around.

    Step 4:

    Using the glue dots, attach a photo circle to the center of each flower. Then stick the flowers into the Styrofoam holders.

    Step 5:

    Decorate your wall or bulletin board as desired, and place the flowers on a table or shelf in front of it.

     

    Tutorial 2: Outdoor Garden

     

    Supplies:

    • Large pinwheels

    • Student photos (one per student)

    • Glue dots

    • Sign (optional)

     

    Step 1:

    Print the photos and cut a circle around each student's face. Using the glue dots, attach a photo circle to the center of each pinwheel petal.

    Step 2:

    "Plant" the pinwheels and sign in the ground.

    Enjoy your garden!

     

    As my posts for this school year come to a close, I want to say a big thank you to my online and offline colleagues for supporting me — especially my principal, Marcie McDonald, who is retiring this year. I will miss her encouragement and high praises. Also, thank you to my family for always being there and being proud of me. And of course, thank you to my readers, without whom I would have no reason to write.

    I hope you all have an amazing summer. Join me again in August for lots of quick, clever, and useful takeaway tips you can grab and go!


    ~Allie

    My students have grown and blossomed so much this year. I wanted to celebrate this in a fun way for the end of the year. I explained to the class how they started as seedlings and now have grown into beautiful flowers (I called them forget-me-nots, because they will always be in my heart!), so we set out to make a "Kinder Garden." We actually made two gardens: one inside, and one right outside our door. I'll show you how to make both.

     

     

     

    Tutorial 1: Indoor Garden

     

    Supplies:

    • Artificial flowers (one per student)

    • Styrofoam cylinders (one per student)

    • Student photos (one of each student)

    • Paper and art supplies

    • Glue dots

    • Bulletin board decorations

     

    Step 1:

    To begin, cut strips of paper that will fit around the cylinders. Have each student decorate one strip.

    Step 2:

    Wrap the paper strips around the cylinders and staple or tape the ends together.

    Step 3:

    Print the photos and cut a circle around each student's face. They don't have to be perfect circles, but if you're a perfectionist, try to find a circle shape small enough to trace around.

    Step 4:

    Using the glue dots, attach a photo circle to the center of each flower. Then stick the flowers into the Styrofoam holders.

    Step 5:

    Decorate your wall or bulletin board as desired, and place the flowers on a table or shelf in front of it.

     

    Tutorial 2: Outdoor Garden

     

    Supplies:

    • Large pinwheels

    • Student photos (one per student)

    • Glue dots

    • Sign (optional)

     

    Step 1:

    Print the photos and cut a circle around each student's face. Using the glue dots, attach a photo circle to the center of each pinwheel petal.

    Step 2:

    "Plant" the pinwheels and sign in the ground.

    Enjoy your garden!

     

    As my posts for this school year come to a close, I want to say a big thank you to my online and offline colleagues for supporting me — especially my principal, Marcie McDonald, who is retiring this year. I will miss her encouragement and high praises. Also, thank you to my family for always being there and being proud of me. And of course, thank you to my readers, without whom I would have no reason to write.

    I hope you all have an amazing summer. Join me again in August for lots of quick, clever, and useful takeaway tips you can grab and go!


    ~Allie

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