The goal of this project is to get dirty and have fun while waiting for your plants to grow! Every time you water your plants the soil they are growing in turns to mud! Woohoo! I LOVE MUD! There is so much you can do with it. Grab a scoop of it in your hands and enjoy the feeling of it squishing through your fingers! I promise it'll make you giggle. Once you're done with that grab the following items and ....drum roll please...prepare to become an amazing mud artist.
Now, stir up the mud in the bucket to create your paint. See what happens when you add more water to the soil? What happens when you add more dirt? This is a great time to learn a bit about consistency.
Once you have the mixture to where you like it, grab a leaf or stick and start to draw. Create pictures of whatever comes to mind. Cover leaves in mud and press them onto the paper to make animal ears or try to write your name with different looking letters! The only rule is to have fun and get your hands dirty!
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I am often asked in September when families should plant pumpkin seeds for Halloween pumpkin carving. It’s a great question but my answer is always shocking and sad for them. I shout out "May", which is then met with a wave of emotion from surprise, to sadness, to utter disappointment. I’ve seen the hashtag #pumpkinparentfail from a number of friends.
The time to change that is now!
Here are my tips to get your pumpkins planted and ready in time for tricks, treats, and fall recipes.
When I was little I started Lisa Ely Cards Co. and loved making cards for family and friends for every occasion. Mother's Day was one of my favorites because you could be so creative artistically. Guess what? I still do love making cards. Of course, I now head out to the garden with my kids to make them, and for Mother’s Day this year we’re creating cards with flower shadow drawings!
They’re easy to make and are a great way to use flowers in the garden while they’re still growing.
All you do is find a flower and trace it’s shadow onto a piece of paper. Color in the flower with chalk or crayons and then cut it out.
You can make a flower vase too! Glue the bottom of a construction paper vase onto another piece of paper. Then fill the vase up with the flowers and you have a great homemade flower card for someone special!
Of course, while you’re in the garden working with the shadow flowers be sure to investigate why a shadow is even there! What makes a shadow? If you have time go out at various times in the day and see how the shadow has changed.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.