Sunday, May 6, 2012

AfterSchool Linky Party! Cinco de Mayo

Welcome to the AfterSchool Linky Party!

Little Wonders' Days
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AfterSchool is hosted by:
Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns
Mama Smiles
The Educators' Spin On It
What Did We Do All Day?
Little Wonders' Days

cinco de mayo activities for kids, how to make paper flowers

Most of our after school activities centered around learning more about Mexico leading up to some Cinco de Mayo fun.  The kids made tissue paper flowers yesterday.  The younger two needed lots of hands on help, but really liked doing this activity.

how to make paper flowers

We made our flowers by layering at least 5 sheets of tissue paper on top of each other.  I staple the corners to keep the papers from slipping.  Then, fan fold the layers back and forth.  Once all the paper had been folded we secured the middle by twisting a chenille stem around it.  We trimmed our ends in a rounded edge to give the petals a soft, rounded look.  Now for the tricky part, unfolding the layers.  You need to go slowly and be very gentle when peeling back the layers or the paper will rip.  Once you have them unfolded, you can adjust and fluff them so they're pretty flowers.

cinco de mayo activities

We didn't get around to making tortillas, maybe today we will though.  However, we did make some delicious guacamole!  We simply started by mashing a ripe avocado up and then added about a half teaspoon of chopped garlic, juice of one lemon, and a half of a diced tomato.  


Our carrot plants are starting to grow in our homemade root viewers.  I'm a little worried about how warm it has gotten here.  I may bring the plants inside.  

Also, the Summer Bucket List Party is still open for you to link up your summer fun ideas.  I think I'm going to start featuring links each Monday as there are some really fun ideas for summer.

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Linking to: No Time for Flashcards


Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

How fun! Thanks for hosting this week! The flowers look very pretty.

Unknown said...

What a fun way to upcycle!

Deb Chitwood said...

Great Cinco de Mayo activities! I pinned your post to my Kids' Cinco de Mayo Activities board at