I was so touched by this simple book that I just had to come up with a "plant a kiss" activity. If you complete this activity in the next couple months or so, your students may well have a blooming (or at least growing) delight to share with their families for Easter, Earth Day, or Mother's Day. The project starts with making "kiss packets" (or in other words) a variation on seed tape.
Items to Gather:
- Paper towel, toilet paper, or tissue paper
- Pink or red tempera paint and a small paint brush
- Toilet paper roll (empty)
- Corn starch and water
- Flower seeds (one package)
- White paper cups
- Round (colored) price labels
Step 1: Fold the toilet paper rolls in half so that the ends look like big lips.
Step 2: Put tempera paint on a paper plate and use the toilet paper roll to stamp kisses on your toilet paper, thin white paper towels or white tissue paper. Let the printed paper dry.
Step 3: Mix 1 Tbs. water with 1 Tbs. corn starch. It will make a gluey substance.
Step 5: Paint the center of each strip with the corn starch and water mixture. Drop about 3-5 seeds in the wet corn starch mixture. This will help the seeds stick and stay in place.
Step 6: Fold the paper towel over and press down firmly capturing the seeds in the corn starch. Trim the strip to include only the section with the seeds. You now have a neat little "kiss packet" of seeds to plant.
Step 7: Decorate a paper cup with pink or red price dots/labels. Hint # 1: It's not a bad idea to limit the number of dots that each child gets... if you know what I mean.
Step 8: Fill the paper cup with moist potting soil to about the three quarter mark and lay the seed packet on top of the moist soul. Cover the packet with about 3/4 of an inch of additional soil.
Your African Daisies are now ready to be loved, watered and bathed by sunlight for the next 5-10 days. Hint # 2: I ALWAYS plant about 5-7 extra cups that I tend at home. Should a child's seeds not germinate I sneak (yes, I said sneak) into the classroom at about day 11 or 12 and substitute my plants with the ones that have not yet sprouted. It's so disappointing when everyone is taking a plant home and one or two children are taking home only a cup of dirt- OUCH!