Friday, November 19, 2010

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Craft for Kids

Teaching children to plant, tend and harvest vegetables, herbs and flowers

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Craft For Kids 
Compliments of Candis Clarke from Gardenheads

**Be sure to check out the information below on her upcoming Winter Break Camp

cardboard egg carton w/ top cut off

tempera or acrylic paint and a brush
paper lunch sack

1. Paint the outside sides of the egg carton in fall colors (leave to dry)

2. Give each child a paper sack and lead them outside and around the yard or park helping them to find and put in their bags interesting and beautiful nuts (lots of acorns & pecans now), leaves (look for smaller leaves with color), small pieces of bark (Sycamore  and Crape Myrtle are shedding their outer bark now), small rocks, dried flower heads

3. Give each child a space in which to spread out their goodies from nature and glue and help them as needed to fill the egg carton with their beautiful finds from nature.

4. This is a wonderful time to help children understand the changing seasons as some trees lose their leaves (deciduous) and others remain green (evergreen).  When a child picks up an acorn or pecan have them look above them to the tree to see where the nuts came from and explain that the nut is the seed.  Match leaves to trees for identification.  
Give your child the gift of experiencing nature.

Winter Break Camp

Organic Mornings and Artsy Afternoons!

DECEMBER DATES: 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 & 30
TIMES: 9:00 am. to 3:00 pm. Full days only. One day or all.
AGES: 4 - 8 COST: $75 per day

There's still lots of gardening to be done in a Central Texas winter and Ms. Candis's camp is the perfect introduction to the basics. This camp will focus on organic gardening with lots of other fun activities planned as well.

We begin our day with yoga featuring "My Daddy is a Pretzel." Once kids are
warmed up and ready to dig in we'll focus on these sorts of activities:
Planting bulbs
Harvesting veggies for lunch
Tending herb garden
Making compost tea
Students will take home planted bulbs, herbs, compost tea and new plants. Alll supplies provided.

Maximum six students per day

Art Classes with Ms. Camille. Art classes will be held in the Camp House and
all supplies will be provided. Some of the topics covered will be:
Fundamentals of drawing
Elements & Principals of Art
Pencil, Charcoal, Pastels, Tempera
Line, Space, Shape, Texture, Color, Rythem, Balance and Proportion

To learn more about Gardenheads and take a virtual tour, visit our website
candi or 512.524.5090
Gardenheads is located at 1914 Cullen Ave. Austin, TX 78757

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