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Today is day 3 in our 5 Days of Crafty Lessons series in the 5 Day Summer Blog Hop with the Schoolhouse Review crew. Don’t forget to read Days 1 & 2 in our series as well!
With this post I want to add some thoughts, and then we’ll get into another crafty lesson.
When lesson planning, sometimes we as parents get excited. We are certain that this crafty lesson is going to cause our children to suddenly catch every little detail of what we are trying to convey, when usually that is just not likely. Grasp the majority of the lesson? Probably. All? Not usually. Don’t be upset if you have to go over it all again in different ways a few more times before they “get it” completely.
Another problem that can come up is that in our imagination, we have this grand idea of how this craft is going to come out. It’s going to be just perfect and the kids are going to love doing every bit of it. Keep in mind, it is a child doing the craft, not a 22 year old art major. Let them use their imaginations, let them do it not so perfectly, and most of all, encourage them if there is a part of the craft that is tedious and they just want to give up. If they push through, the next step is most likely fun and they’ll forget they were ever upset.
If the above 2 paragraphs are not remembered, you can quickly become discouraged and feel like you’ve wasted a lot of time. I’ve seen it happen with others and myself as well. Just keep on going, remember you are the best teacher your child can have… and some kids just don’t like crafts. There’s nothing wrong with that.
Now, for today’s craft. This is one of those where in my mind it looked completely different from the way it came out, but it’s not my craft. It’s Tommy’s craft. So of course, it looks very unique. It’s not bad, and it got the lesson across. The lesson is what matters. Not the project. (Kind of like yesterday’s funny looking little mail man. That was NOT what I expected either. HA!)
Creating an example of how a seed grows into a plant:
For this craft, the supplies were:
Tommy and I have read books and I’ve tried drawing for him the process of planting a seed and it growing into a plant, flower, tree, vegetable, etc. He grasped some of it, but was still having trouble understanding it. One day last week I was putting some blocks of packing styrofoam and boxes in to the garage to be thrown out when I suddenly had an idea. I pulled one of the blocks out, cut off one of the ends, scooped a hole with an ice cream scoop on the top and another hole on the side. Then I placed it aside meaning to come back to it right away, but instead waited until the last possible minute, hence this being posted today instead of yesterday. (I do stuff like this frequently. I’m the worst procrastinator. It is my worst habit, for sure.)
A few days later, I came back to my block of styrofoam. I painted the front and sides brown along with the hole in the top. The top I painted green. (I left the back alone.)
The only reason I did this step without Tommy was because I knew he would not handle having to wait until the paint dried to move on to the next step. He did, however, catch me painting and asked what I was making. I just told him it was a surprise for school and he would find out soon.
Once we were ready to do our lesson, I sat down with Tommy and explained the whole process. I began by telling him that we were going to be silly and pretend that some of our craft supplies were things found in nature. He “planted” the seeds into the holes by gluing them in… but would not let us move on to the next step until we covered the hole back up with pretend dirt. So for 2 minutes, we used “shovels” and filled the holes with imaginary dirt. THAT was when I knew this crafty lesson was going to be a hit!
Next I told him that a seed needs 3 things to grow: good soil (He pointed out that we already had that, smart alec.), water, and sunlight. So we made a stand with pipe cleaners for our pretend rain to fall from, tore up a bunch of little pieces of tissue paper, taped the tissue paper to the string, and tied the string to the pipe cleaners… but not before he used an imaginary watering can to put water on the seed himself.
Now, of course, we needed a sun! Again, we made a stand from pipe cleaners, but this time we made a circle at the top and inserted a yellow pom pom.
With our seed receiving plenty of water and sunlight, our seed was beginning to grow. He literally said, “Now I get it” which was SO stinkin’ cute and relieving! He made a little sprout from a pipe cleaner and put it in the styrofoam. Then he asked how it would become a flower… I told him it takes time, but eventually our little sprout would keep growing and it would bloom into a beautiful flower. He chose which pipe cleaners he wanted to use for his flower and with a little help from me created a gorgeous little stem and petals. Next he glued a pom pom to the center of the flower and inserted it into the styrofoam.
When it was all done, he was so proud of his creation. I asked him to tell me what each piece was and what was happening with each step. Even hours later he still had it all down pat. SUCCESS!!!
As we sat and enjoyed his little artwork, we read Planting a Rainbow, Jack’s Garden, The Tiny Seed (World of Eric Carle), How a Seed Grows (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1). It was a wonderful time of learning for him, teaching for me, and spending time together as a whole. We made some lasting memories with this lesson. That’s one of the many reasons I love homeschooling!
While reading this series, have you come up with any ideas for Crafty Lessons? Are you enjoying these posts or do you find them silly? Should I consider making this a weekly link up? I’d love to know!
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