Saturday, March 28, 2009

Sunday is Environmental Purple Day - Lets make a Dish Garden for Spring!!

Today is a Purple day.

Sunday the last day of the weekend, the first day of the week.
Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, and mystery.
Purple embodies the balance of red simulation and blue calm. This dichotomy can cause unrest or uneasiness unless the undertone is clearly defined at which point the purple takes on the characteristics of its undertone. A sense of mystic and royal qualities, purple is a colour often well liked by very creative or eccentric types.

How the colour purple affects us mentally and physically:
* Uplifting
* Calming to mind and nerves
* Offers a sense of spirituality
* Encourages creativity

Environmental Sunday:
This is a wonderful day to reflect on this wonderful gift we have been given by our Creator, the Earth. Teaching our children how to take care of the environment and will help to set the tone for the coming week. I love the book "Earthways", Simple environmental activities for young children and will be sharing wonderful ideas I have found within its pages.

This is a perfect time to set up a Spring table.
1. Use pastel colour play silks - pale pinks, light blues, spring greens, yellows
(if you do not have play silks use other cloths or a small table cloth.
2. Clip a small blooming branch, Forysthia or fruit tree, and place in a small vase
of water.
3. Set on table.
4. Maybe add a duck, frog or a little gnome.

For some live greens, make a small Dish Garden.

You will need:
  • small clay saucer appr 4" in diameter, the kind you put under flower pots
  • crayons
  • potting soil
  • large spoons
  • grass seed (a quickly sprouting variety if possible, you do not need much
  • bowls
  • plant mister or spray bottle
  • small sea shells
  • beeswax
  • tiny branches
1. Let your child decorate the outside of the clay saucer with a crayon.

2. Set up a potting table outside or lay newspapers down on the kitchen table
and set the clay saucer, potting soil and other items out on top of the newspapers.

3. Let your child spoon the soil into their dish, filling it about 3/4 full.

4. Children often prefer to use their hands for this.

5. Let them it is a great tactile experience.

6. Moisten the soil with the mister, sprinkle on a good layer of seed (not too
thick, but make sure to cover the soil surface well)

7. Cover with a thin layer of soil. This last layer is not absolutely necessary,
but your child will like "tucking their seeds into bed".

8. A final watering with the mister, and the garden can be put on a sunny window
sill to be watched with anticipation for the first signs of life.

NOTE: Moisture is the key to sprouting. The gardens should
be watered once a day (more if they seem to be drying out. perhaps give them
a good drink before you leave for the day. The mister or spray bottle works
well for this as it does not dislodge the seeds by flooding them. Your child
will look forward to doing this each day.

9. Have your child add a little upside down shell to the center of the garden
before the grass starts to sprout. This tiny basin will hold water and becomes
a little pond in your child's garden.

10.Once the grass has sprouted, make the garden a lively place.

11. Use modeling Beeswax to embellish the garden by having your child model
all forms of little things from the beeswax; a little bird, a rabbit, basket
of coloured eggs, flowers.....

12. Push a tiny spreading branch (the tip of a larger branch) into the soil
to become a tree.

13. Glue on tiny balls of pink tissue paper for blossoms and , perhaps, add a beeswax
bird on a beeswax nest. Fill the shell pond with water and add a beeswax duck
sitting on the edge. The possibilities for these gardens seem endless. Use your
imagination to help guide your child and remember to listen to their imaginative
ideas as well!

What is also really nice is to add little treasures you find on your nature walks.
Engage your child in storytelling about how the items came to be where they were found, where they originated, what they are...
This is a beautiful, natural way to teach your child about creation and the task we have been given to steward this wonderful planet that was created for us.


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