Wednesday, May 4, 2011

HSV Garden Challenge / Garden themed Calendar pieces

Our weather here is still too brutal to be outdoors gardening yet.  Soccer has been cancelled for two weeks due to flooded fields and inclement weather conditions.  We even had a fire going in our wood burning stove today!  While it rained outside, the wood fire blazed inside to warm us all.  I decided to make some Garden themed calendar pieces after I took pictures of the vegetable sprouts Naters & my husband have started  from seed.

We have the above Calendar & Weather chart from Learning Resources.  If you'd like the Garden themed calendar pieces, leave a comment here on the blog or email and i will send them out to ASAP!
thanks for looking!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Flower Garden Sensory Bin, Sensory Tub May 2011,

We are participating in the HSV Garden Challenge so this month I wanted to focus on gardening!  We live in Northern Ohio, people haven't started planting yet, but will within a couple of weeks.  Naters will have two Garden themed sensory tubs in May.  The first (the indoors one) is this one.  The second one (the outdoors one) she will get in a couple weeks. The theme of this one is FLOWER GARDEN!

Black beans is the base (reused from my October sensory tub)
6 flowers that i made with my hot glue gun, 1 & 3/4 green chenille stems, and foamies & felties flower bases that i decorated up --sandwiched the chenille stems in between flower layers so the ends of the cnille sticks are covered
4 mini garden tools (was thrilled i found these!)
3 wooden plant pots
2 silicone flower cups filled with assorted Butterfly & flowers beads & buttons
4 decorative wood pieces (sun, bees, rain cloud, blue sky w/white fluffy clouds)

I may show her how to fill the pots with bean and then put the flowers in them, but i'm going to hang back and see what she does on her own.  i have never directed or instructed her in anyway with her sensory tubs.
I'm curious to see how much she will play with this one. 

The scond sensory tub i'm going to give her later this month will be with real potting soil, seeds, peat pots, gardening tools including water can -- so this will be an outside only sensory tub!!

Thanks for looking!