Friday, February 25, 2011

Spring Nature Tray

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We spotted this tree in our neighborhood this week!  I think it's a crab apple blossom. I'm not the best at tree identification, so if you know differently, please feel free to share.  At any rate...it means spring is somewhere close!

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I gave Little J some card stock paper and his water paint crayons.  He used the brown to draw the tree branches and then a pink stamp pad and his fingerprint to make the blossoms.  He used pieces of crumpled pink tissue paper to make some blossoms. 

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After trimming his picture, we placed it in a frame and then in our nature tray.

spring nature tray

We love having a space for our nature finds, but don't have a place for a nature table, so this tray is our solution.  It sits on our breakfast table.  Spring is slowly arriving and as it does we'll fill the tray.  In the meantime, some pastel pink bowls await our treasures.


Linking to:  The Magic Onions Friday's Nature Table

16 comments :

Lindsay said...

I love how this turned out! So pretty :-)

Kristi @ Creative Connections for Kids said...

This is lovely. What a special keepsake!

Sandy said...

So pretty!

Butterfly Wishes and Wonderland Dreams said...

what a pretty painting and looks so sweet in the frame.

Going to have to have my girls make one when our magnolia tree starts blooming.

Andréann said...

that painting is beautiful and the tray idea is genius!

Mrs David W said...

What a lovely picture! Also, this is a great idea to develop a love for nature in children. It also gives you a special place to put outdoor treasures you are given.

Sherri said...

Blooming...awesome..it will be awhile before we see any life in our yard! Those are super fun pictures!

Sunshine Mama said...

I love that this is simple enough for even my younger one to make, but is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

Christy said...

I love this! Love love love it!

Nothing will be blooming here anytime soon, but I'll happily enjoy your nice weather!

Raising a Happy Child said...

Very pretty craft. The fruit trees are blossoming here too - I love this time of the year.

Umatji said...

that is a great idea and worked so well!

Jamie @ hands on : as we grow said...

I love fingerprint paintings! This one reminds me so much that spring IS coming and it WILL be here soon!! Thanks for the reminder!

I featured this post on my High Five! weekly features.

http://handsonhouse.blogspot.com/2011/02/high-five-to-week-5-finds.html

Thanks!
Jamie @ hands on : as we grow

Deb Chitwood said...

What a lovely project and spring nature tray! I love fingerprint activities anyway - and that one is so pretty! I featured your post at both the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and in the Living Montessori Now Community at http://livingmontessorinow.com/community/#/1378313/forum/83700/are-you-seeing-many-signs-of-spring-where-you-live.html

Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said...

So pretty! Fingerprint activities are the best!

Ed Emberly has books on these!

Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said...

Ed Emberley!http://www.amazon.com/Ed-Emberleys-Fingerprint-Drawing-Book/dp/0316789690

Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said...

Ed Emberley!http://www.amazon.com/Ed-Emberleys-Fingerprint-Drawing-Book/dp/0316789690