Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Flower Garden by Eve Bunting
Why we love this book:
This is a beautifully illustrated story, told through a simple repetitive rhyme, about a young girl and father who plant a colorful window box as a birthday surprise for mother. We especially appreciate the city setting as the daughter and father walk through the city streets, travel by bus, carry the flowers up many flights of stairs and plant the window box right on the middle of the floor in their apartment. This book reminds us that we don’t have to plant a “farm” with our children. We simply need a window box or a couple of flower pots.
This weekend is Mother’s Day (Yes, this weekend!).And while this is technically not a “Mother’s Day” story it protrays an intimate and loving relationship between the family members. It is the perfect read aloud before making a little special surprise for Mommy this Mother’s Day. She might even enjoy a little potted flower.
Handmade Mother’s Day Cards
Our Mother loves flowers and gardening.She can spend all day, every day, digging in the dirt! So when the children and I stumbled upon this gorgeous bougainvillea, we knew we had found our Mother’s Day gift for Grandma.
I don’t know about you, but I haven’t bought a card in years. The kiddos make all of our cards. This weekend we sat down to make Mother’s Day cards for Grandma. We brainstormed a few ideas and decided to make tissue paper collage bougainvillea cards.
- white paper
- tissue paper
Miss Enigma, age 4
Step One: fold paper
- We folded our 8 1/2 x 11 paper in-half twice, creating a A2 size.
- I always have on hand a box of A2 envelopes (4-3/8″ x 5-3/4″), designed to accommodate a quarter-folded sheet of paper. You can find these envelopes at your local office supply store.
Step Two: study the bougainvillea plant
- The children studied the bougainvilla plant and made a plan to draw the stems with green markers.
Step Three: dot paper with glue
- Anyone who has worked with four-year-olds knows why this is a step! “Just a little. Just a little. Just a little. Great that’s enough glue!”
MacGyver, age 7
Step Four: tear tissue paper leaves and flowers and glue to stems
- MacGyver decided to roll his tissue paper a bit in order to make it look more like the bougainvilla flowers.
Miss Enigma, Handmade Tissue Paper Mother’s Day Card, age 4
MacGyver, Handmade Tissue Paper Mother’s Day Card, age 7
We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of Flower Garden by Eve Bunting
To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
What are you giving your Mother this Mother’s Day? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
One entry per person, please.
No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, May 5, 2011
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, May 6, 2011. Check back it might be you!
Tomorrow we’re gardening with the Children . . .