Here's a little secret about library programming: sometimes an entire program or craft is designed around a particular craft item you have on hand and need to use up.
I have been trying to thin my storage closet out a bit to make room for summer reading supplies, and I came across this tray of red flower petals.
At 25 cents a box during an after holiday sale, they were just too good to pass up...two years ago. And then I remembered that I still have a couple bags of pink petals left from our Fancy Nancy Tea Party, which was...also a long time ago. It was time to actually do something with them. So...what, exactly?
The colors made a Valentine's Day craft the obvious choice, but all I could come up with was filling in a heart shape with them. That was a possibility, but since we have quite an age range at times I wanted something...more.
Googling "flower petal crafts" was giving me ideas way too complicated for preschoolers, until I came across this flower fairy craft at Artful Kids, complete with fairy template.
Isn't she just gorgeous?! I printed out and enlarged the template, put out petals, markers, and glue, added a stick to poke it in next to a plant, and voila!
I picked these four books for our read-aloud:
Monday's group was the first after Spring Break and they were WOUND, so I didn't read the last - but I did read it to the (equally wound) fifth graders who came after lunch. Both age groups had a blast with the fairies, especially the glitter part! The custodian, not so much. Thank goodness for community service workers.
A few fairies were forgotten in the drying process, so they are keeping watch over the library plants until their owners come back to retrieve them!