Monday, March 17, 2014

There are so many ways to welcome spring and have fun with plants in hours after school and on weekends. Make a flower craft, create a fantasy plant, use real flowers or grow them inside or outside.
Spring Fun With Plants

Celebrating Spring on Planet Smarty Pants

First gardening
We have kicked off our gardening season last weekend by pulling weeds, cutting some of our dead flowers and preparing for new plants. We will be planting our summer garden next weekend when I come back from my business trip. We also took our traditional rainbow walk and enjoyed the beauty and the colors of early spring in Northern California.

Fabulous Plant Ideas from After School Link Up

Many participants linked terrific ideas that are related to plants this week. I combined together creative ideas of plants in crafts and planting tips in my featured posts.
1. Buggy and Buddy created Alphabet Flowers to surprise her kids and sneak some alphabet and spelling knowledge in.
Alphabet Garden from Buggy and Buddy
2. 3 Dinosaurs made wonderful Yarn Truffula Trees to go with The Lorax, which made me want to challenge my daughter to create her own fantasy plant.
Truffula Trees Lorax from 3 Dinosaurs
3. Fantastic Fun and Learning used petals and stems from real flowers to create beautiful Spring Flower Butterflies.
Spring Art With Fresh Flowers from Fantastic Fun and Learning
4. Peace… but Not Quiet gives 5 Tips for Gardening with Kids including suggestions for great books to accompany your gardening projects.
Five Tips for Gardening with Kids from Peace but Not Quiet
5. Lemon Lime Adventures has several gardening posts including the one with a great plant journal printable for little scientists among us.
My-Plant-Journal from Lemon Lime Adventures
6. My co-host Mama Smiles: Joyful Parenting has suggestions for planting plants inside and a kid friendly introduction to plant biology.
Plant Biology for Kids from Mama Smiles

2014 After School Link Up Hosts

[Afterschool%255B8%255D.jpg] The Educators' Spin On It
  • Planet Smarty Pants
  • Boy Mama Teacher Mama
  • Coffee Cups and Crayons
  • Little Wonders' Days
  • Mama Smiles
  • Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational
  • The Measured Mom
  • This Reading Mama
  • What Do We Do All Day

  • For more spring resources follow my Spring Pinterest board.

    Your Turn:

    Do you plan to garden with your kids? How big is your garden and what are they growing?

    Share Your After School Week

    We would love to have you link up your School-Age Post (Ages 5 and up) about your learning week after school including Crafts, Activities, Playtime and Adventures that you are doing to enrich your children's lives after their day at school, home school or on the weekend!
    When linking up, please take a moment to comment on at least one post linked up before yours and grab our after school button to include a link on your post or site! By linking up you're giving permission for us to share on our After School Pinterest Board or feature on our After School Party in the upcoming weeks! In the next round up I plan to be featuring April Fool ideas. Don't forget to follow along and join our After School Enrichment Community. I am also linking my post to my favorite kid blogger link ups and share days.


    Dayna Abraham said...

    What a great collection! Thank you so much for featuring our printables :)

    Ticia said...

    I claim I plan to garden. I do not think this is really true, but I'm pretending I will...

    maryanne @ mama smiles said...

    These are great ideas! Thanks for featuring my plant post!

    Laura said...

    Thanks for featuring my post! I can't wait to see everyone's ideas for this week...

    coach-daddy said...

    These are great ideas, and even the early-spring yard maintenance this past weekend felt good. My girls are older, and need more prodding to get involved, so I'm going to ask them what they'd like to see us grow back there. As long as they don't say 'bananas' and 'coconuts', we're in business!