Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Art
- Empty milk cartons (quart or gallon size)
- White drawing paper
- Craft sticks (colored or natural)
- Glue and glue brushes
- Tempera paint and paintbrushes
- Small plastic containers
- Materials to decorate planters, including cutout pictures from magazines, tissue paper, yarn, shells, buttons, stickers
- Materials for planting marigolds, daisies, and zinnias, potting soil, a trowel or sand shovel, and small watering can
- Chart paper and markers
- Creative thinking
Collect quart or gallon-size empty milk containers to make flowerpots. Cut the containers in half.
ACTIVITY: FLOWERPOT IDEAS
Wooden Pots: Provide children with wooden craft sticks to glue onto the milk cartons. Once the glue dries, they can paint or glue collage materials onto the craft sticks.
Painted Pots: Cover the milk cartons with white drawing paper. Invite children to decorate the paper with paint, markers, stickers, or collage materials.
Decoupage Pots: Children can glue pictures from catalogs or magazines, or tissue or decorative paper onto their carton. Then have them paint a thin layer of a glue and water mixture over their collage.
Growing Flowers: Create a language-experience chart to record what children already know about flowers. Then show them different seed packets and engage them in a conversation about the different flowers they will grow.
Work with several children at a time to plant seeds: Set up a table indoors or outdoors with all the needed supplies. Invite them to scoop the soil into their containers. Place the seeds into the soil and cover with more soil. Add some water and ask children to place their pots in a sunny area of the classroom.
Create an observation calendar for each type of flower to record the daily growth: Place drawing materials nearby and encourage children to create observational drawings. Find an outdoor area to replant the flowers once they have grown. Plan time throughout the week so that children can continue caring for their plants.
Remember: In addition to being an excellent science activity, growing and caring for plants is a wonderful way to teach young children responsibility for our environment.
Planting at Home: Once children replant their flowers, send home their flowerpots to be reused. Provide planting suggestions that families can do together. Suggest planting herb seeds like parsley or basil.
CURRICULUM CONNECTION: LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
Wall Flower. Make large cutout sections of a flower (blossom, stem, leaves, and roots). Invite children to decorate each section. Find an area of the classroom to assemble the plant. Assist children in creating labels to identify each part of the plant
Flower Garden by Eve Bunting
From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons
Seeds Grow by Angela Shelf Medearis