This ended up being such a fun kid craft for both of my girls to do. Cati is always asking to do a craft and I have to admit I can be downright lazy pulling out all the supplies only to have her lose interest after 10 minutes. Now I try to have projects prepared in advance with everything ready to go in a Ziploc bag. But this one happened over 3 days and it was worth it!
We started out by making the flowers. I used leftover foam flowers from my flower mobile craft, colored craft sticks, newspaper for the leaves and center, and over sized buttons. This is how I intended for all of them to look and Ella actually helped me make this purple one.
This is Cati's and her abstract interpretation of a flower. So cute! Oh, my little Picasso.
I showed her how to make the flowers, she got the hang of it and did a FABULOUS job! Here is Cati gluing a button on one of the flowers.
I struggled to figure out a way to make these into a garden. I decided to use the lid of a Stride Rite shoe box. After decoupaging it with newspaper to continue the newspaper theme, I set the stick stems in Play Doh to stand them up. Later, I finished the bottom off with multi-color crinkle paper.
I then used alphabet scrapbook letters to put things our family would like to pray for. This one is for Cati who will be going to preschool next year. We are choosing between a few and hope we find the right one.
Praying for those finances too. School costs money and we don't really have any! But God's provision has been amazing and on paper our budget should not work but it does! Other prayers are for our friend's son who is in the midst of a 4 year battle with Leukemia, a close friend who's father has an upcoming bone marrow transplant and her mom has been on my heart so much because she is taking it hard. And of course we are praying for the devastation in Haiti.
Obviously this project does not have to be a prayer garden. It could be a Family Garden or even a Valentine Garden with hearts instead of flowers. I think this would be a fun one to do again.
Hope you enjoy.
Oh and FYI...
This is my 100th post. Is it sad that this is uneventful for me? But let's celebrate anyway. Maybe I will get more excited. Everyone say YAAAAYYY!
OK. We celebrated. And I was right. Still anticlimactic for me.
Until the even more exciting 101st post...