- Sculpey (or Fimo, or a homemade bake-able clay)
- Acrylic paints & paintbrushes
- Mod Podge
- Brown play-dough (I use a recipe for no-cook play dough from The Imagination Tree -so easy!)
- Optional: little signs made with card-stock and toothpicks to label the vegetables
I have had a big package of Sculpey in my art cabinet for ages, hoarding it for something wonderful. Yummy was excited to try out a new material, but quickly found that it is much stiffer to work with than play dough. I showed her how to warm a small piece up between her hands to make it more workable. While she was exploring the clay, we talked about the different vegetables we will plant in our garden this year. I made a list and drew a little picture for Yummy to connect the word to.
I showed her how to roll the clay between her hands to make long vegetables, like carrots and cucumbers, and how to add details with a tool (we used some big toothpicks I'd snuck home from a restaurant sandwich...). We talked about how seeds look different from the plants that grow up out of the soil, and how parts of the vegetable look different when you prepare them to eat: round peas come from a long pod, lettuce leaves come from a big round head, etc.
When we had created a variety of vegetables, we put them on a baking sheet and popped them in the oven at 275F. Some of the vegetables took only 15 minutes, while I left the thicker ones in for 25 minutes, to make sure they were baked through.
While Yummy was resting, I made up some little signs to label each vegetable, using toothpicks and little pieces of cardstock paper.
←I set this up for her to find after Quiet Time.
We talked about how vegetables grow in rows, and how each vegetable looks when it grows in the garden (just so she doesn't start thinking that tomatoes come up in neat rows without any greenery, or something...).
After planting, Yummy picked some veggies, putting them into a little bucket to make a salad. Then we had to replant.
When Dooter woke up from his nap, he got a few minutes of play dough time, planting some flowers and poking holes, until he started to eat it (as usual). It's edible (if not tasty), but he tends to choke on the stuff.
- Literature: word and letter recognition
- Visual Art: clay working techniques
- Science: how plants grow and how they change looks from a seed to what we eat at the table