## Flower Math Activity

We have giant daisies in our backyard and thank goodness we do because all my son has wanted to do for art lately has been firetruck or dirt related. Not that most of my readers can’t appreciate that but it’s nice to squeeze some prettier more genteel themes in with the diggers and sirens. This was fast but substantial and after making it we picked a few daisies and counted their petals too!

1. Gather your materials. You will need 4 colors ( white, yellow, green and blue)  of  construction paper ( really you only need one full piece , the others can be scrap) , a marker, glue , scissors and a circle paper punch if you have it.
2. Start by punching out some yellow circles, for the center of the daisies. My son adored this step and I had to get him some scrap paper to keep going.
3. Cut some stems from the green paper. You can make leaves too, we just chose not to.
4. Cut out petals from the white paper.
5. Ask your child for numbers to put in the middle of the flowers. Alternatively you can write in the numbers you know your child is struggling with , if you do that write a few they are consistently successful with as well. By setting them up for success with some of the numbers you will boost their confidence and they are more likely to take on the challenge of a “trickier” number.
6. Glue the stems on.
7. Add glue for the centers.
9. Add the petals. I had my son read me the number, then he counted the petals as he added them. Then after he was done we “checked his work” by counting them again.
10. Let dry.

## Song

I’m a little daisy
tall and slim.
Here are my petals and here is my stem.
When the sun comes up and the rain comes down
I grow and grow up from the ground.

## Books

by Kevin Henkes is a lovely book about having confidence, loosing confidence and regaining it in the end. Chrysanthemum is a little mouse who loves her name until she goes to school and is picked on for it being out of the ordinary. Who can’t relate to this? I know I can . Thankfully my son  has yet to experience this all too common, but still so heartbreaking experience . I love that I have a book like this to share with him and open up about it before it happens. Ultimately Chrysanthemum learns to love her name again and regains the confidence she once had. Another fantastic book from a consistently wonderful author

The Gardener by Sarah Stewart Is a really touching book that I would happily recommend for school age children. It’s a beautiful story about a little girl during the depression who is shipped to the city to work in her uncle’s bakery because both her parents are out of work.  She is obviously nervous but knows that it’s something she has to do.  She takes a little of the country with her in seed packets which she plants in the city while she learns about baking and becomes friends with her uncles employees. This is more a story about making the most of hard times, and would be a great way to talk about the great depression with your child. There are so many little things in the illustrations by David Small to talk about , from a picture of FDR to traveling by train and  the general sense of sadness .  In the end it’s a warm hearted book that I can’t wait to share with my son in a few years.

The Boy Who Grew Flowers by Jennifer Wojtowicz is one of those books that stays with you. Rink is a little boy who’s family is strange, Rink is no exception, with every full moon he sprouts flowers , from his head. At school he is an outsider and only when a new girl comes to school does he make a friend. He reaches out to her because she too is an outsider, not at school, in her own family. In the end the kindred spirits celebrate their uniqueness. This odd romantic story will warm your heart and serves as a great lesson about how we all feel different and like an outsider sometimes. The illustrations by Steve Adams will stun you, they were so vibrant and paired so perfectly with the story. Wonderful!

## Shine On ! Summer’s Here !

Disco Daisy Bouquet!

Sequins are a fun addition to any craft just make sure your child is able to resist the urge to pop them in their mouths! I am happy to report my son seems to be ready!
1. Gather your materials. You will need A piece of construction paper, some paint, some muffin cups ( shiny ones are a bonus!) some mini muffin cups , sequins ( or sparkles) , some glue , tape and a small piece of ribbon.
2. Flatten out a muffin cup and place a small amount of paint in the center.
3. Let your child finger paint the cup.
4. Put some glue in the center of a mini muffin cup, if you do not have a mini muffin cip you can use a small circle of any paper.
5. Drop sequins onto the glue.
6. My son LOVED this part, we did 4 mini muffin cups. This is great fine motor skills practice, you can even ask them to pick out specific colors of sequins if they are really digging this part of the craft! Just go with their flow!
7. Glue the mini muffin cup into the center of the larger one.
8. Tape two ( or however many flowers you have) pipe cleaners onto your construction paper for stems, then glue the flowers onto the paper.
9. Gather the stems and tie together with a ribbon.

Song!