For today's installment of Hero Kids Crafty Hour, we're venturing out into the garden! Grace is sharing an activity that will plant seeds of hope and grow creative minds...
Spring in our house means planting seeds, it is always thrilling for the girls to watch what pops out of the carefully tended pots, the only trick is, in our excitement to get everything started, we tend to get a bit over excited and don't label the pots or seeds, and then they turn into mystery plants.
This year, we thought it would be fun to expand on the Sharpie and masking tape days of the past, and create actual garden stakes for our growing plant army. This project can be as quick or simple as you like, and you can make batches as you plant new seeds.
Popsicle sticks are the perfect stake, but other small pieces of wood would also be an option if you have those lying around. For our stakes we used our favorite wood block letter set, Art Deco Letters. It somehow makes everything we make with it feel more elegant. To work on our spelling, I wrote down each of the vegetable seed names, and had my four year old find each letter as we went. It also lead to many conversations about upper case vs. lower case letters and how they differ, which felt like a total educational mama win.
We used pigment inks, my four year old always prefers the ombre (or rainbow inks as she calls them) we used Ombre Vintage Metallic Steel and Ombre Vintage Metallic Rust. Any of the solid pigment pads would be lovely as well.
Adding a floral touch is always a good idea, and we love to use small clear stamps to make patterns, so we used the small flower, butterfly, and leaf stamps from our My Monthly Hero Kit from December, placed them in a cluster face down on a popsicle stick and picked them up with our acrylic block by pressing it onto the smooth side of the clear stamps. We stamped these onto stakes that had room after the seed identifier, and then used hot glue to affix another stick perpendicular to the first, to insert into the soil. You could shellac or prime them if you wanted them to be really weatherproof, but for our mostly indoor seeds, we chose not to worry about it.
Happy crafting, and happy gardening all, we hope whatever you plant brings some wonder and enjoyment to all those in your home.
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