The Giant Encyclopedia of Monthly Activities for Children 3 to 6

With over 600 activities, The GIANT Encyclopedia of Monthly Activities is the result of a nationwide search for the most unique, fun, developmentally appropriate, and educational experiences for children. The activities included were selected as the best-of-the-best, and are organized by month for easy use by teachers. Teachers will love the creative ideas that span the traditional areas of the curriculum such as science, math, art, and music and movement, as well as the additional experiences including field trips, cooking, and holidays.

Mother’s Day Bouquet

 

Materials:

12” x 18” construction paper in various colors

crayons

1” x 6” construction paper strips in assorted colors

Jumbo crayons for curling

Glue

2” paper circles in various colors

Small balloons in assorted colors

Adult scissors

 

What To Do:

Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May.

  1. Give each child a piece of 12” x 18” construction paper positioned vertically. Ask them to color a big stem in the center of their paper, making it very tall and fat. Invite them to add leaves and ground as well.
  2. Let each child choose about five strips of paper.
  3. Demonstrate how to put a curl into the paper strip by rolling the paper tightly around a jumbo crayon, holding it for a moment, and then slipping the crayon out (keeping the curl intact). This curled strip becomes one curled “flower petal”
  4. Show the children how to glue one end of the petal at the top of the stem so that the curl spirals up to make a three-dimensional flower. Repeat the curling process until there are about five petals arranged in a circle to form the flower.
  5. Next, ask each child to choose a small circle and glue it on top of the ends of the strips, covering the ends to make the center of the flower.
  6. Blow up the balloons until they are about 3” in diameter and tie them shut (adult only).
  7. This step should be done by an adult. Use the sharp end of a pair of scissors to poke a hole in the center of the circle and ease the balloon through the hole so that the tied end is on the back of the picture and the balloon is sticking out as the flower’s center. Glue another 2” circle on the back to secure the balloon.

 

More To Do: Have the children make the flowers into a card to take home before Mother’s Day

Related books: Are You My Mother? By P.D. Eastman

                        Blueberries for Sale by Robert McCloskey

                        A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams

 

                                                                                        Susan Oldham Hill, Lakeland, FL