Tuesday, May 16, 2017

How to Grow a Friend | Simple Cheerio Craft

I'm not sure how it happened but Connor is a flower lovin' guy. He doesn't get this from me. Don't get me wrong, I love receiving flowers. But if it's not a green plant, I kill it. Flowers don't stand a chance around me. But Connor? Give him all the flowers. When we sat down to plan our activity to this month's children book, I knew CJ would love anything we picked since the book is full of colorful bouquets. He told me he wanted to make pretty flowers with paint. So that's what we did. We used "How to Grow a Friend" as our compass and created flowers that even I can keep alive!

How to Grow a Friend is the sweetest book. A lovely metaphor teaches valuable lessons in how to treat others and make friendships blossom! Making a friend takes patience, care, and room to bloom - just like growing a flower. Soon your little gardeners will have their very own green thumbs for this most important of life skills. And I have to say, this book isn't for just little ones. As a grown-up I was reminded of what qualities it takes to be a good friend. Such a gentle push for me to be better with nourishing friendships as an adult. 

Like I mentioned before, Connor wanted to create flowers. I decided to think outside the (cereal) box and used cheerios to create flowers that Connor could paint. The end result was a cute, yet simple craft that fit perfectly with our book this month.

The craft itself is pretty straight forward but to help you get from point A to point B, here is what we did. Connor glued the center of the flower down (the button heart) and then created the flower by gluing cheerios around the button. While those dried, he drew the stems, leaves and the angry sun (I don't know... he said it was angry). He then painted the tops of the cheerios using washable paint. We allowed it all to dry for a few hours before putting it on display. Easy enough, right? And super cute!

Next month we are going to be reading a favorite, The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen. I don't know how many times we've read this book and the others in the Pout-Pout collection. But we've never created a craft based on the story so this should be a fun one of us! Jess and I would love to have you join us for June's children's book club. We give you the book, you pick which craft, food, project you complete based on the story/theme of the book. Anything goes!

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