Greeting Cards Craft | Shapes | Gardening Theme | Preschool Lesson Plan Activities

Themes Activities Materials
Alphabet >
*Letter F > Flowers
*Letter G > Garden
*Letter R >
*Letter W > Water

AnimalsMammalsFarm > Forest > Rabbit

Character Education >

CraftsShapes > Easy Shapes Greeting Cards

Holidays and Events >
*April > Nat'l Garden Month
*May > Flower Month

Science >
Plants > Flowers | Water

Seasons > Spring
2 to 6 years old:

Children can make an easy greeting card for their parents, other relatives, a special babysitter or child care provider to celebrate National Garden Month, Flower Week, Easter, Spring and more.

Activity 1 > Plants > How a Seed Grows
This is also a good opportunity to discuss > How A Seed Grows
1)  The seed is planted in soil.

2)  A root grows down into the soil.

3)  The stem pushes up toward the sun.

4)  The stem grows and leaves unfold.

Activity 2 > Online Story > Dottie's Garden
To help illustrate how a plant grow you can view this previous activity and visit this great online story Dottie's Garden to reinforce these concepts.

Activity #3 >
Craft > Easy Shapes Greeting Cards Happy Gardening theme
18 months to 6 years old

*  This craft activity will help children learn about colors, shapes, about the images in the card and about a holiday or special occasion or event.

*The children will learn how fascinating it is to create a special gift using shapes.

*  Let's call this technique "layering,." Using different shapes and images you layer them to form another image or landscape.  Go to the links and print a template of your choice and follow the instructions printed there.  A template with an optional greeting is also available to glue inside the card or you can write one together.

Children 18 months to 3 years: 
The youngest child can participate in this greeting card creation.  Add a few drops or use glue stick to the folded paper and child can place the pieces on the front of the card.  Make sure to mention the color, shape and identify an discuss the images of  and other items in the card templates.

You can add a hand print cut-out to the inside of the card and write a message on top.

*  Older children can add and decorate the plain colored pieces first with glitter, paint: brush strokes, sponging, cotton ball dabbing, stampers, cut-up tissue paper, etc. , and then proceed to layer the pieces as suggested in the small image on the template.

* Create a 3-D Effect:
 Place little pieces of roll up tape instead of glue.  This raises the different layers just a bit, and gives a nice 3-D effect. 

*  Envelope:  Any standard large greeting card envelope can be used - those left over from the holidays.  Make your own envelopes by using a used one as a template.  Trace the envelope over wrapping paper - (usually the opposite side is white and the printed side can be the inside of the envelope). Cut and glue and you have a custom made envelope.

Activity 4 > Online Story and Activity / Character education:
Read and print the online story Roy the Responsible Rabbit, and visit the parent and teacher resources.

Activity 5 > Alphabet Activities
Incorporate introducing or reinforcing an alphabet letter.  Visit the links provided for related printable activities and lesson plans.

The card features a gardening theme, flower basket, a rabbit, and watering can, and two cards have Easter option label.
* F is for Flower
* G is for Garden or Gardening
* R is for Rabbit > Rabbit and Responsibility
* W is for Water (two of the cards feature watering cans)

Easy Shapes Greeting Cards
Gardening theme

Card 1A Bunny
6-pc with flower basket

Card 1Bunny "Boy"
8-pc with watering cans

Card 2 Bunny "Girl"
8-pc with watering cans

Greeting Templates for inside of the card:

Garden Greeting - two to choose from

white paper or card stock, white or coordinating color
glue or glue stick



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