The weather has been glorious here lately and I have been doing lots of work in the garden and vegetable patch with the twins and also the family day care kids.
There is nothing better than seeing the joy on a child's face when they pick something from the garden that they have helped to plant and nurture. Lately there has been a lot of interest in the beautiful sunflowers that have been brightening the vegie patch. I decided we couldn't let this little gem from nature just be admired, I wanted the children to really experience the wonder of nature and engage in some hands on activities to extend their interest and learning.
I labelled the cups and they went home with the children to plant in their own gardens with their siblings and parents. I have encouraged them to bring me back a flower or photo when they grow.
They also began to notice that sometimes seeds would fall out as they painted so they were excited to make them part of their masterpieces or pick them up and carefully rearrange. Lots of lovely pincer grip practice!
Their creations were all unique and reflected their different styles and it was lovely to hear them talking so excitedly about sunflowers and all the fun things they could do with them rather than just look at the flowers as they walked by in the garden.
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