Tuesday, March 13, 2012

"The Tiny Seed" By Eric Carle Inspired Kids Craft - Sensory Tree: Project #78

"The Tiny Seed" Sensory Tree - Eric Carle Inspired Kids Craft
Preschool Crafts for Kids of all abilities!   
for Ages 3 Years and Up    
"The Tiny Seed" Inspired Sensory Tree from the Eric Carle Scene below!

See Video of "The Tiny Seed"

Supplies Needed:
  • Colored Lentils - red and green
  • White Glue
  • Brown Paint
  • Green Paint
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Craft Bowl
  • 1 Sheet of Foam Paper
  • Newspaper or Aluminum Foil To Keep The Work Area Clean
Time Needed:  
  • up to 30 Minutes plus drying time
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What To Do:
  1. Pour some white glue in a bowl along with brown poster paint and mix together.

  2. On your sheet of foam paper paint a tree trunk with some branches.
  3. Pour red lentils over the painted area. Press down firmly and wait 30 seconds.

  4. Lift foam sheet to allow excess lentils to fall off. Pour them back into a plastic bag or container for reuse.

  5. Pour green paint into your craft bowl and add some glue. Mix together.
  6. Paint the leafy treetop onto your tree by painting the green between and around the branches. Also dab a little glue and/or paint away from the tree. Those are the seeds!

  7. Pour green lentils over the foam sheet. Press down firmly and wait 30 seconds.

  8. Let dry completely.
  9. ENJOY! You're done! Show it off by hanging your masterpiece on the wall, or on the wall near your favorite place to read "The Tiny Seed".

Don't Forget to Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us !  

Why We Love Crafts for Kids:
Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!
For Children with Special Needs: 
Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.

If your child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project.
This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well. Any amount of branches is fine.

Some children will really enjoy playing with the lentils! Let them have a good time with a bucket (or baking pan) a spoon or shovel and some containers!
For Older Children: An older child will also enjoy this project.

This craft for kids was inspired by Eric Carle's "The Tiny Seed". I really enjoy reading this book to my children. I like how the tiny seed makes it against all odds and finally becomes a beautiful and giant flower. It reminds me of my own kids who were born as preemies are now super big and strong. "The Tiny Seed" has simple text, fantastic illustrations (doh!), great information about how seeds become plants, reference to the changing seasons and so much more! Like all of Eric Carle's books, this one is a treasure and your children will enjoy following the plight of the tiny seed who eventually escapes all the perils to become a wonderful, special flower! Not just about the life cycle of flowers, but a bigger message about how the tiny are anything but insignificant!

Tootle Turtle Gardening Tote

The Tootle Turtle Tote Set is an adorable tote bag with a cute turtle's face on the front. This tote set stores your inspiring gardeners tools and includes a Trowel, Cultivator, and Spray Bottle! Part of the Sunny Patch Collection of toys.

Sunny Patch is an imaginative world filled with whimsical, adorable characters boys and girls will love. With their Sunny Patch friends to help guide them, children are inspired to learn about and appreciate all living things. The Sunny Patch brand has been thoughtfully designed to encourage kids and families to find new and enjoyable ways of exploring their world together, while bringing a spirit of playfulness to everyday activities.  


Watch Video of "The Tiny Seed"

Check out these FREE Flower Printables from the TwistyNoodle that you can customize!

Plant some seeds! Marigolds, lima beans, and grass all grow very quickly and can be planted indoors or out!

A fun activity to do with this craft is to make 2 flowers: 1 small and 1 big. Use the Eric Carle Tissue Paper Method to paint the tissue paper for the flowers. Once it's dry cut out the 2 flowers and tape onto a piece of construction paper. Use crayons or markers to add leaves and a stem. In the center of the small flower have your child tape a baby picture of himself (or a sonogram photo). Inside the big one have him put a recent photo of himself!

PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this kids craft, if you enjoyed it, other ideas that may be similar. 


Michelle said...

This is great! I would love for you to link it up to my Made by Little Hands linky party this Monday!
Have a great weekend!

Elizabeth said...

Oh, I love it! We do The Tiny Seed for a week every year and I usually have the kids plant seeds and learn how they grow. I've never really done an art project to go with it - thanks so much for the great idea! We're doing this for sure this year.

SellWoWAccount said...

That is one cool creation! It's one way of teaching kids other ways of doing great artworks.

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alissa apel said...

I love Eric Carle. We were lucky enough to see some of his work at a children's museum in Kansas City.

This is a fun craft!

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