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💐Mothers Day 🎁Flowers ✂️DIY 🌼Daffodil Bouquet Tissue Paper Craft

This DIY Daffodils tissue paper💐bouquet can be a perfect Mother's Day gift! All you need to make these awesome 🌼flowers is tissue paper and pipe cleaners. 

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To make this craft, we are referring to a Tissue Paper Flowers Craft book (buy here), which features incredibly simple-to-make tissue paper flowers that look good enough to fool the bees.

DSC_0182-2The book has clear and easy to follow instructions, and it comes with 75 sheets of brilliantly colored tissue paper and variety of green pipe cleaners for stems.

DSC_0188How to make this Daffodile bouquet Craft: ✂️🔸📌poke 🔸slide 🔸

  • layer paper at least four-fold and cut out a shape as shown in the book above,
  • poke one end of a pipe cleaner and slide the cut-out papers,
  • roll a bead the other end of the pipe cleaner and make a knot to  resemble a"male" or pollen-bearing part called the stamen,
  • slide all the papers towards the nub and slightly scrunch.

DSC_0188The book offers various ways you can make your Daffodils.

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Use color-combinations and shades of yellow, and some white to have your Daffoldiels look as real as possible. 

DSC_0185I personally do not like fresh cut-flowers (the entire demise process in front of my eyes is kind of depressing). I prefer orchids in a pot, but these Daffodils made by little hands with love would brighten my days for many more years to come!

DSC_0020-001 We do like going on nature walks and enjoy all the glory Spring has for us.

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You can always cut a bunch of Daffodils as a Mother's Day gift, but harvesting hand-made Daffodil flowers that will defy nature's cycle makes them even a better gift!  

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Daffodils And Men ~ Poem by David Taylor

Daffodils dance upon the breeze with such sweet scented ease, 
as men walk past with minded cares not seeing dancing everywhere.
They walk, but do not know how to dance as the daffodils they bend and bow, 
they dance to life with no furrowed brows and need no one to tell them how. 

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This flower craft is very similar to the one 🌻 below, which Adrian made when he was 3 yo ~ same process ~ ✂️🔸📌poke 🔸slide 🔸🌼crunch!  

See details and links to materials and books we used here  in a post "   🎨Van Gogh Inspired 12 🌻Sunflowers Tissue Paper ♻️ Cardboard Roll Paper Mache ✂️Craft."

DSC_0159This purple 💐bouquet of flowers Adrian made using the same technique as in Van Gogh Inspired 12 🌻Sunflowers craft.  Again: all you need is tissue paper, pipe cleaners and a sprinkle of creativity! We also knotted a bead in the middle of the flower to resemble a"male" or pollen-bearing part called the stamen.

 DSC_0097Another gorgeous 💐bouquet we made! See here 🖌Markers ☕Coffee Filters 🌈Rainbow Walking 💦Water ⌛️Timelapse Kids ⚗️Science Capillary Action.

 DSC_0049-3See here ♻️Recycled ✂️DIY 🌸Spring Flower Craft. 

DSC_0521For more Spring Inspired activities, see here 🌸Spring Inspired Themed Unit Study.

I hope you enjoyed our Mother's Day inspired themed unit. Please, leave a comment, which craft was your favorite! And, do share ~ sharing means caring!

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🌸Spring and🌱Nature Inspired 📚Books

April 23rd is William Shakespeare's birthday (1564) and World Book Day, so below I have put together our favorite 🌸Spring and🌱nature-inspired books with links to hands-on activities. DSC_0074

A closer 🔍look at our 🌸Spring 🌱Nature 📚Books (top left to right):

  • My First Discoveries Series with its transparent pages add a new twist to a traditional reading. TreesFlowers, and Woods and Forest books are a great addition to your spring or botany book collection:
    • Trees book (buy here) gracefully explains how nature's cycle works.
    • Flowers book (buy here) will show a child how bees and butterflies settle on spring flowers, how buds blossom and flower into fruit, and how sunflowers turn to face the sun.
    • Woods and Forests book (buy here) teaches a young reader about nature, seasons, woods and forests.
  • Everything Spring (Picture the Seasons) National Geographic Children's (buy here) is an amazing beautifully photographed picture book where young children can see, hear, and feel the warmth of springtime by reading and learning all about chicks, bunnies, and the other baby animals that come out to play in springtime.
  • Spring book is a part of Four Seasons Book set (buy here), where each of the books describes the characteristics of one season. Spectacular images of children, plants, and animals in all seasons combine with simple text to demonstrate how seasonal changes affect all life on Earth.
  • Cherry Blossoms Say Spring National Geographic Children's Books series (buy here) looks at the life cycle of a cherry tree, the history behind the gift of the Japanese cherry trees to our nation's capital, and the association of cherry trees and spring. Vibrant scenes from the Cherry Blossom Festival and the flood of visitors to the Tidal Basin are balanced with shots of the natural beauty of these trees. 

DSC_0109"The sun opens the buds and tiny leaves uncurl." ~  Trees book.

DSC_0109"In spring, chestnut trees blossom. The flowers grow into chestnuts."

Through beautiful overlay pages of My First Discoveries series books, a child can see a little seed grow into a mighty tree. The Trees book takes a young reader through a journey of a tree, which flowers every year, bearing seeds that will in Autumn fall to the ground just to grow slowly into more trees.   

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Flowers book has the most beautiful transparent overlay pages which reveal how buds blossom and flower into fruit; how sunflowers turn to face the sun; how bees and butterflies settle on spring flowers, and how Dandelion: grows from a flower ~ to a bud ~  to a seed.

DSC_0002For more flower books, read here a post about our favorite 🌸Botany 📚Books.

DSC_0066Learning about ❄️🌸🌳🍂Seasons ~ read here about our material and books.

 See here our entire 🌸Spring 🌱 Themed Unit roundup.

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👣Feet 🐣Egg Transferring 🌈Color Matching 💪🏻Gross Motor 📽Game

This is a super fun DIY: use recycled eggs (I am sure we all have tones of them after Easter) or use balls and let your kiddo have fun with this color recognition gross motor game. 

DSC_0082     I did not have either black or red egg, so using Sharpies, I colored them.

DSC_0094Besides exercising those little feet, this is also an awesome color matching activity, and if your child knows all the colors, use this opportunity to learn colors in a different language!

DSC_0060You would call out a color, and the child, using feet only, would transfer that color egg to a different container.

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We are also using traditional Montessori color tables (see links to posts below), but you can use paint samples from your hardware store for this color matching (see examples below). 

DSC_0094Also, use this activity to grade colors! 

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It is through appropriate work and activities that the character of the child is transformed.  Work influences his development in the same way that food revives the vigor of a starving man.  We observe that a child occupied with matters that awaken his interest seems to blossom, to expand, evincing undreamed of character traits; his abilities give him great satisfaction, and he smiles with a sweet and joyous smile. ~ Dr. Maria Montessori (San Remo Lectures, p. 28.)

DSC_0094If you have a color chart, offer your child to match the eggs to the chart. 

Movement, or physical activity, is thus an essential factor in intellectual growth, which depends upon the impressions received from outside. Through movement, we come in contact with external reality, and it is through these contacts that we eventually acquire even abstract ideas.  ~ Maria Montessori.

If you have siblings or a kids' 🎉 party, grab ⏱a timer and turn this game 🏁 into " Who can do it fastest!"🏆


DIY Color Matching + Fine Motor Pegging

This DIY resembles matching Montessori Color Tablets ~ similar to Color Box 2 ~ a traditional Sensorial material introduced to toddlers starting at 2 ½ years old. 

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With this activity, besides simply matching color samples from your local hardware store, offer your child to practice fine motor skills by matching colored clothespins and also graduating pegs in order from smallest to largest or vice versa. And if you have plain wooden pegs, just color them either with Sharpies (what we used) or use tempera stick paints which are awesome too!

IMG_1020 To learn more about Montessori 🌈Color Boxes, read here a detailed post with presentations on boxes one through three on my blog Montessori Color Box 1, 2 & 3 (Color tablets).

For more DIYs, see here our ✂️DIY, Crafts & Materials.

For more holidays inspired activities, see here our 🐣Easter 🐰Inspired Themed Unit Study.

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Soft Shelled 🏐Bouncy Raw 🐣Egg Kids 🔬⚗️⚖️ Science 101 🎥 Series 🎇

Science experiments are super fun to conduct at home with common household items. The science concepts applied in school or in a lab are the same, and kids are astonished by simple hands-on activities that nearly any parent can accomplish. So, how about a raw egg and vinegar experiment! Like magic, the eggshell will slowly dissolve, leaving behind a bouncy egg.

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What you will need:

  • 1 uncooked raw egg in its shell (you may also use a hard-boiled egg, which is less messy if you accidentally break it),
  • 1 cup of white distilled vinegar (acetic acid) which will be the main chemical used for the experiment,
  • a clear jar or a glass.

DSC_0002Directions:

  • pour 1 cup of vinegar into a glass,
  • add the egg ~ make sure that the egg is completely covered with vinegar.
DSC_0004Bubbles should appear in vinegar, especially on the eggshell's surface.  

DSC_0057Observe bubbles rising from the egg. Leave the egg in vinegar for one day.

 DSC_0057After 24 hours, large bubbles should form all over the eggshell. You may notice some pieces of the shell at the top of the liquid in the jar. Remove the egg and rinse it in water.   

DSC_0057The eggshell is soft (for now). Note, that if left for one week, the entire eggshell would be dissolved by the vinegar.

⚗️Science Mystery is Revealed: the eggshell is dissolved because vinegar is an acid and the eggshell contains calcium carbonate, which is a base. Calcium carbonate is what makes the egg hard. Vinegar is an acid known as acetic acid. When these two chemicals: calcium carbonate (the egg) and acetic acid (the vinegar) are combined, a chemical reaction occurs and carbon dioxide (a gas) is released. Bubbles are made out of this gas. Such chemical reaction keeps occurring until all of the carbon in the egg is used up: it takes about a day. After 24 hours, all the carbon from the eggshell is released. So now, when you take the egg out of the vinegar, the egg is soft because all of the carbon floated out of the egg in those little bubbles.

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Did you know that if you remove the egg after sitting in vinegar for one day and then left it out on the table for another day, the shell would become hard again because the shell would take carbon from the outside air. (The calcium left in the egg shell would steal the carbon back from the carbon dioxide that is in the air we breath.)

Extensions:

  1. With a raw egg, once the shell has softened, place the egg in the water again and it will absorb and expand through the osmosis process until the shell finally bursts.  
  2. Bones: What makes our bones hard is calcium carbonate ~ the same compound that makes the eggshells hard. So, make an experiment and take some thin chicken bones (e.g the wishing bone) and drop it in vinegar and leave for a day. After 24 hours, such bone will be soft just like the eggshell was. The bone will be bendable like a sting ~ try to tie it in a knot, I bet you will succeed! However, if you leave the  knotted bone sitting out on the table, it will get hard again, just like an egg!

 

For more Science Experiments, see links below.

 DSC_0002See here Float or Sink Tangerine Science Experiment 101 🎥 Series 🎇.

For more acid-base reactions, see below.

  IMG_6567See here 🌋 Erupting Volcano Science Experiment 101 🎥 Series 🎇.

 

DSC_0041See here a 🎥vidoe 🎨Painting with 🌈Colored Vinegar on Baking Soda Science Experiment.

 

DSC_0015See here a video-post "Magic🎈Balloon (Baking Soda and Vinegar Reaction)."

See our entire 🔬⚗️⚖️ Science 101 🎥 Series 🎇here

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🌸Spring Flower ♻️Recycled ✂️Craft

Happy first day of 🌸Spring! Are you not sure what to do with all those scraps of paper you have left over from various craft projects? Well, now, you can make a beautiful flower recycled DIY craft, which is also an amazing fine motor exercise. 

DSC_0049Gather the leftover cardstock strips.

DSC_0034Fold the green cardstock to make a stem.

DSC_0027Trace an oval on pink cardstock.

DSC_0034Cut thin strips from the same color cardstock.

DSC_0034Offer your child to glue the ends, making a roll. 

DSC_0034Glue the rolls to the oval cardstock.

DSC_0034Now, to make a leaf, fold the green cardstock and trace a semi-oval.

DSC_0034Glue one end of the leaf to the stem. 

DSC_0034Make another leaf and glue to the other side. 

DSC_0038 To add some glamor, we will be adding glitter to our flower.  

DSC_0041-2Using a clear glue-stick, apply a thin layer and sprinkle some glitter.

DSC_0049-3Happy March 20th! Happy 1st Day of 🌸Spring! 

For more recycled craft, see below: 

 DSC_0097See here 🖌Markers ☕Coffee Filters 🌈Rainbow Walking 💦Water ⌛️Timelapse Kids ⚗️Science Capillary Action.

DSC_0039Sehere🐦Birds 🌳Forest Habitat DIY ♻️Recycled 🚽Toilet Paper Craft with 🔢Math Twist.

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