Saturday, January 16, 2010

Flowering Teacher Valentine's Day Gifts



We've got a foggy day in the Great Plains today and it is just blah.  The kids are laying around doing absolutely nothing so we pulled out a craft idea.


Valentine's Day is weeks away. . . . . four to be exact. . . . . but we need time for our project to bloom.  Literally.  Today we went out and foraged at the local WalMart, Lowes, Dollar Store and craft store to find a few things that we needed.  And we got them, quite inexpensively, I might add.


We found two containers that we wanted to use.  We opted for metal because they were cheap but you could use ceramic, a terra cotta flower pot or plastic.  Wood is probably not a good idea unless you want to spend the time lining the inside with a plastic bag.  Once you have your containers, you can either leave them as be or decorate them.  Decorating them is super easy.  All you need is some acrylic paint, some foam stamps or a sponge that you cut out into a shape (hearts are easy!) and go for it.  Spread the acrylic paint out on a paper plate very thin so the kids can use that as a stamp pad.  Paint your container first, if you want, but we got lucky and found red ones.  Stamp away!


These are our containers:





If you are not using a flower pot with drainage, you will need to fill the bottom of the container with rocks or gravel to allow the water to drain.  If you don't have access to gravel or rocks in your yard, you can get a bag very cheap with the gardening supplies at your local store.  Fill the container about 1/4 of the way with gravel.





Top with soil up to the top of the container.  Have the kiddos gently press the dirt down and make holes or troughs in the dirt.  Put the seeds into the dirt.





Cover with another handful of dirt.  Press gently!  Water lightly until soil is damp.  You don't want to drown the seeds!  Keep dirt moist. . . . the seeds will start to show sprouts in a week to two weeks.  Depending on the flower, they should be blooming around Valentine's Day if planted soon!


Finished project by a proud youngest!


 


We used a mix of wildflowers.  Some will start blooming immediately, some will not be in bloom for six weeks.  We should have a pretty mix of flowers to present the teacher for Valentine's Day.
The project didn't take a lot of time but it got us all up and moving.  That's what counts, right?


By the way, the Orange Rolls were Fabulous!

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