Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Garden Glory

Our storytime kids like peaches, plums, corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, and green beans. Bunrab loves them all too. Today we talked about gardens and all the yummy things that come out of them.

We read Up, Down, and Around, by Katherine Ayres, and Growing Colors, by Bruce McMillan.  We sang Going on a Picnic and 10 Little Bunnies.  And we spent a lot of time talking about fruits and vegetables.

For our craft we made zucchini prints. I have a lot of over-sized zucchini anyway, so I cut them into pieces about 3 or 4 inches long, and then cut out the end into shapes like stars, hearts, flowers and moons. Zucchini is very soft, so it is easier to cut than potatoes. 
The kids pressed their stamps into paint-soaked sponges, and then onto the paper. To make a paint sponge for stamping, moisten a clean sponge. Put it in a plastic container, one with a tight fitting lid.  On top of the sponge pour 2 tablespoons of washable paint, and 1 tablespoon of white glue. Mix it around with a plastic spoon. Add more paint and glue in the same proportions if you think you need more.

The zucchini can't be reused, but the paint sponge can. Just put the lid on and store it in the refrigerator.

Enjoy your garden, and this great summer weather we are having!

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