Root System Craft

Being that Sugarcane is a pretty important crop around here I wanted to create a craft to go with our agricultural lesson. We rinsed out and recycled some of our to-go cups so the project was low cost. In just a few easy steps we had a craft showing not only the stalk and leaves, but what is growing underground drinking water and collecting nutrients from the soil.

What you will need:

-styrofoam cup

-straw

-yellow & brown paint

-tape

-green construction paper

-small jute string

We did the painting first to allow drying time. Paint the straw (or stalk) yellow.

Now paint the cup and lid brown. Put them aside to dry.

Next, unravel some jute to make some roots.

Cut up your green construction paper into smaller rectangles. Then cut about half inch slits for leaves.

Once the cups and straws are dry, pass the straw through the lid. You may need to touch up some yellow paint because it flakes a bit. Wrap the construction paper around the straw and tape in place. Gently fan out leaves by bending a few of them back.

Last, slide jute inside of the bottom of the straw and attach it with tape. There you have it! Both my 6-year-old and almost 3-year-old were able to make this craft without much help. So if you decide to try this it can be a pleasant activity for a variety of ages.

Like this activity? Please let me know. I would greatly appreciate it.

Take care❤

Paint Runs Through Our Veins

My daughter, K.C., is five-years-old. These were painted over a year ago for a local kid’s competition. She still paints, but has been more into crafting because of all of the glitter glue involved. I mean who doesn’t love glitter glue right? I don’t know about you, but I am really excited to see what kind of art this naturally talented child produces in the future…of course, I may be a bit bias😄

These are my most recent works. I am somewhat of an amateur, but really enjoy painting and drawing so it doesn’t stop me. I wish I would have taken art electives in school, but took all home economics courses instead. I suppose that has been pretty helpful with adulting/homemaking. It’s how I learned my way around the kitchen and sparked my interest in cooking. Which by the way, I will be sharing more of my recipes soon. Enough about me…last, but not least is my mother and her artwork.

She is an extremely talented artist that has produced beautiful works for decades. The picture above features several of her charcoal drawings. She also paints with watercolors, acrylics, and oils. I think it’s neat how we can kind of inherit passions like that from our relatives. We are actually blessed enough to have 4 generations living in our family right now. My grandmother was not much of an artist, though she was a superb seamstress back in the day.

Do you have a generational story? Please share, I would love to read about it! Until next time…

Take care