Posted by on May 29, 2012 in Painting, Plants and Gardening, Preschool Letter Activities, Science Activities, Spring Crafts and Activities | 0 comments

S is for seeds- another letter to add to M’s tactile alphabet

The last couple of days, M and I have been having fun with activities revolving around the letter S. We’ve been talking a bit about plants and how they grow, so I thought it was a good time to introduce M to one of my favourite flowers: the sunflower.

We planted some miniature sunflower seeds into a pot

Here’s M watering the seeds


Handprint Sunflowers

First we got some blue paper to make the boys’ prints on

I squeezed some yellow, non-toxic, washable paint onto a paper plate and pressed the boys’ hands onto it, making sure to get it completely covered. Then I helped the boys press their hands onto the blue paper

We pressed the handprints onto the paper in an overlapping, circular pattern

Then I cut a stem and some leaves out of green paper and glued them on (B’s is on the left and M’s is on the right)

When the prints dried, I squirted A LOT of white glue into the centre of the sunflower and had M sprinkle some sunflower seeds on top

I think they turned out pretty cute

An S Inspired Lunch

Keeping with the theme of the letter S, I made M some star shaped sandwiches and spinach (and banana/mango) smoothie:

Baby B is a fan of the spinach smoothie too!

Seed Snacks (Bird Feeders)

bird feeder

I got this idea from Pink Pistachio, a great blog site I found through Pinterest. To make these bird feeders you will need:

  • bird seed
  • 2 packets of gelatin
  • some string or twine
  • a few straws
  • cookie cutters
  • parchment paper
  • non-stick cooking spray

Start by adding 2 packets of Knox gelatin to 2/3 cups of water until it dissolves. Bring it to a simmer then remove it from the heat

Add 2 cups of bird seed and stir to combine. Let it cool for a few minutes

Place cookie cutters onto a tray with parchment paper, and spray the insides with non-stick cooking spray

Spoon the birdseed mixture into the cookie cutters. Poke a hole through the birdseed with a cut-down straw in order to thread a string or piece of twine through them for hanging

Refrigerate for about an hour, then remove the cookie cutters and tie the twine or string through the bird feeder shapes

bird feeder
bird feeder

And that’s how I kept my bugs busy these past few days!