It's officially Spring and that means that the planting season is just around the corner. Farmers in the Midwest are anxiously waiting for the conditions to improve so they can head to the fields. Right now, it feels like we are in the middle of mud season as the rain just does not want to stop. It can be frustrating, but we also know how frustrating dry weather is, so we take what we get and handle it as it comes.
If you are just stopping by for the first time, my friend Crystal at Mom for Less and myself are partnering with Indiana's Family of Farmers to help educate kids about modern agriculture. This month we are talking about planting. For a "behind the scenes" look into planting, check out this post from a few years ago, where I talked in-depth about the planting process.
Not only is this a super fun craft, but it also includes a little learning lesson at the end, so make sure to read to the end:) Now, let's get started!!
You will need:
yellow, brown, and green paint
green construction paper
Begin by painting the child's hand green...
Next paint the child's pointer finger...
Then stamp the pointer finger on to the paper. Add several in a "bunch." This will be the tassel part of the corn. You may need to pain the finger a few more times.
Let the paint dry.
Once the paint is dry, cut out the prints.
Glue the hands to the feet like so...
Now, you can stop there or, to make it a bit more educational (you can't only have fun, right?) you can have the kids label the parts of the corn plant. You can find a list of the parts here. Note: There is a part of the corn plant called the silks, I left them out intentionally, but feel free to add them if you wish. Fun fact: For every silk there is a kernel of corn!
Print off the words and cut them out individually and attach a piece of tape to the back. Place them face down on the table and have the kids take turns labeling the parts of the plant. (Even Elsa had to take a turn.)
Last but certainly not least, the girls and I talked about seed germination. What all the seed needs to grow...water, heat, sunlight. I remember doing this activity when I was in grade school. We rolled the seeds in wet paper towel and waited for them to germinate. I wanted to make the observation process a little easier for the girls so they would be able to watch it step-by-step.
The first step is to wet several paper towels. We used about 7, but you just have to gauge what will fit in your cup. Place the wet paper towels in a clear glass and push them back from one side of the glass. Then insert the seed and allow the paper towel to hold the seed against the side of the glass so the seed won't fall to the bottom.
Don't forget to head on over to Mom For Less for a lesson on planting. The kids will love learning about planting and making a craft to go with it!!