Arts & Crafts
Paper Vegetable Garden
Submitted by: Bijou
Develop fine motor skills by creating paper vegetables for an egg carton garden.
18 - 60 months
1 - 8 tots
- Empty paper egg cartons (1 carton for a dozen eggs will make two gardens)
- Construction paper (green, red, orange, yellow)
- 3-6 Popsicle sticks (per child)
- Craft paint (brown)
- Colored pencils
- Prepare the craft by dividing the egg cartons into two 6-egg segments and cut a small slit in the bottom of each egg cradle.
- Cover surfaces, prior to painting egg cartons.
- With bottoms up, have child paint egg carton with brown craft paint. Set aside to dry.
- Cut tomato, radish or beet shape from red construction paper.
- Cut corn cob or crookneck squash shape from yellow construction paper.
- Cut carrot shape from orange construction paper.
- Cut leaves for tomato, radish, beets and carrot top from green construction paper.
- Cut corn husks from green construction paper.
- Embellish leaves and vegetables with colored pencils.
- Glue vegetable shapes to craft sticks.
- Glue appropriate greenery to each vegetable.
- Insert completed vegetable into hole cut into egg cartons.
- Discuss how vegetables grow and where food comes from.
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