Thursday, June 25, 2015

Summertime Fun - Learn How Flowers Grow

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We love reading and hands on learning so of course I couldn't resist participating in another online book club. The last Thursday of every month I will be joining some of my Usborne friends in the Story Corner Blog Hop. Each month there will be a theme and I will share one of our favorite Usborne books and a hands on learning activity to go along with it.

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This month's theme was summer and nothing says summer better than flowers! So the book I chose to share with you is called, "How flowers grow." This book is part of the beginner series and features easy- to-read text which has been specifically written with the help of a reading expert. The book covers a wide variety of topics including: How do flowers grow in dry deserts? How do animals help to spread seeds? Which flower smells like rotting meat? And like all Usborne books the illustrations and diagrams are bold and beautiful. In the back of the book there is a glossary, website links and an index. The book is a 32 page hardback and costs just $4.99.

Picture of How Flowers Grow - IR

We got the inspiration for our craft project from the Summer Activities Usborne book which is now out of print. However there are several other Usborne activity books available which have similar craft ideas.

  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners or bendable straws
  • Pom poms
  1. Cut a 5 x 11 inch piece of tissue paper and fold it in half length wise.
  2. Next fold the paper in half, short sides together.
  3. Then fold it in half again, short sides together. 
  4. Make long cuts from the bottom edge (where openings are) to the top edge (where creases are) but do not cut all the way to the top creases. Be sure to cut through all the layers of the tissue paper.
  5. Open the paper carefully and lay it flat with the cut edge at the top. 
  6. Tape one uncut end to a bendable straw or pipe cleaner and roll it tightly around the straw.
  7. Fasten the loose end with tape and pull down all the cut ends to make the petals.
  8. Glue a pom pom onto the center. 

More Resources:
Visit my flower unit study post for even more resources and craft ideas.

Free Journal Pages:
Here is an flower journal page that goes along great with books on flowers. Download your copy here or click the picture below.

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Each month we feature different themed books and corresponding activities! This month’s theme is summer so make sure you check out all the other posts from my blogger friends!

15 Seashore Inspired Kid Crafts from Bombshell Bling
Summertime Fun - Learn How Flowers Grow from Kathy's Cluttered Mind
Mud Painting from Line Upon Line Learning
Summer Explorations from Whatsoever is Lovely Living
Glow in the Dark Ocean Bottle from Sunny Day Family
Free Printable Camping Journal from To the Moon and Back

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