Pussy Willows in a Vase
An Activity for Toddlers:
A fun and delicious project for little ones to get their hands on!


Before You Begin:
Gather black and brown construction paper, foam sheets (with or without a sticky back), scissors, glue, and a bag of mini marshmallows. Pre-cut narrow strips of brown construction paper to use as stems of the pussy willows. Pre-cut vase shapes from the foam sheets and prepare small bowls to hold glue and marshmallows. Set materials on a flat surface that is easy for the children to reach.


Activity Goals:
  • To encourage appreciation for nature and introduce the exploration of earth sciences.

    Furthermore:
    A variation on this project would be to use finger paint/washable stamp pads, instead of marshmallows, to teach children about fingerprints and their uniqueness. Prepare bowls of finger paint and stamp pads, and then have children dip their fingers in and make fingerprints for the pussy willow blossoms. Once their pictures have dried, allow the children to look at their fingerprints close up. Let them tell you what they see.







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    Step 1.
    Give each child a sheet of black construction paper for their project. This is a great opportunity to ask the children if they've ever seen pussy willows. Explain to the children what pussy willows are and that they are each going to make their own fun pictures of them.
    Step 2.
    Demonstrate to the children how to glue the narrow strips of brown construction paper onto the black paper for the stems of the pussy willows. Help them glue their own "stems" onto the paper.
    Step 3.
    Show the children how to glue the pre-cut foam vases at the base of the stems and help them glue (or stick) on their own.
    Step 4.
    Allow the children glue marshmallows along the brown "stems" any way they like. Now everyone has an original piece of art to display in the classroom.
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