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This week, we did lots of fun activities related to gardening. After all, Sunday was the first day of spring and I really wanted to plant some flowers. Since the little guy loves our calendar activities so much, I thought he’d love watering his own little indoor garden as well.
I found this adorable little kitchen herb kit a few years ago and I love it. I figured it’d be perfect for him and we could keep our flowers in the studio by the window on his science shelf. If you’re looking for something similar, check Target. I found a Miracle Gro kit for kids there last weekend, but we already had this one, so…
We grabbed some Lavender, some Chamomile, and some Peppermint. Why those particular herbs? Lavender and Chamomile because they both flower and Peppermint just because this mama loves the smell of it. Lol… I know, I know. Awesome reasons. I set everything up for him on one of his tot trays, so that with just a little bit of help, he could plant the seeds himself.
He also spent some time coloring this week. I’m absolutely head over heels in love with these Crayola Washable Dry Erase Markers* and of course he is too. These work great with his Hape Table Top Art Studio*.
I also put together this awesome little art journaling kit for him with all of his toddler-sized art supplies. And he definitely loves being able to get to his stuff on his own when he wants to be creative. Art supplies are always available to him around here and almost always within his reach. The exception to that is my permanent paints and inks, which are put up and away.
I’ll be putting together a post soon about our art journaling kit, but in the meantime… Here’s a quick peek at it. I specifically chose supplies that were toddler-sized for this tray. I love all things Montessori-inspired and that was sort of the feel that I was going for with this project hence the wooden tray and metal pails.
We found these awesome little cups at the Dollar Tree for (yep, you guessed it) $1 and had to have them. They were perfect for his diggin’ in the dirt gardening sensory bin this week. We used these as well as the Safari Ltd Flowers TOOB* and black beans for the filler because they’re no where near as messy as dirt would’ve been.
I can’t even begin to tell you how much time the little guy and I have spent filling up these little cups, adding the flowers, and then dumping everything out and starting all over again. We’ve had so much fun with this one and it literally only cost me about $10 ($1 for the little cups, $5 for the Toob with a coupon that I had, and approximately $2 each for 2 bags of black beans). Keep in mind that both the black beans and the flowers are sort of small. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this type of activity for a toddler who’s still put things in his/her mouth.
And then of course there was this texture painting activity this week too.
We started with blue and green tempera paint, a small canvas, and some texture supplies. Shelf liner and cheesecloth. Basically just stuff we had around the house that would create texture. I’ll probably give him some flowers to add to his little landscape when it’s dry.
This was probably one of my favorite finds lately. It’s the Learning Resources Sprouts Garden Fresh Salad Set*. Love it! It’s essentially a sorting activity that uses pretend food. I thought it would be perfect for this week’s gardening theme.
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This post was linked up with Tot School Gathering Place Week 168.