Egg ‘Plants’

Thank God for the internet and the ocean of ideas it provides mums like me who can run out of creative juices quite often. Here is a very simple and creative method to teach your child the life cycle of plants. It is a Martha Stewart idea that I discovered on my friend’s pinterest.

All you need are a few egg shells, an egg carton and some pearl millets (kambu in Tamil) or fenugreek seeds (vendhayam) to create this miniature, no-mess garden.

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It’s a great way to introduce your child to the plant kingdom. KT enjoys watering it and nurturing it. Every morning we pay our little garden a routine visit to check out how much they’ve grown.

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I do not know how much bigger this plant would grow. But I couldn’t wait until then to share it with you all ūüėČ

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With a pair of googly eyes and a black sketch pen, you can turn it into a funky face with some really cool green hair that would keep growing!

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Egg Carton Craft – The Very Hungry Caterpillar

I saw this craft a long time ago here on my friend’s blog (which, by the way, I recommend you visit for some amazing craft ideas. Vini aka Pooh is a friend of mine from school. She is one of my constant inspirations in blogosphere!). As always, I kept putting this off for later due to the lack of googly eyes and color papers. It was then another crafty friend of mine (you can find her¬†handiwork here)¬†introduced me to Itsy Bitsy¬†–¬†the one stop online store for all arts and crafts products. Their products are so reasonably priced. They offer a wide variety of products and they deliver it super fast. Without wasting time, I placed my first order of googly eyes, craft sticks and pipe cleaners! I picked the color papers from a paper mart in general¬†bazaar!

This is a super fun, easy peasy craft. All you need is – a egg carton, red and green color papers (cut into small pieces), a pair of googly eyes, black pipe cleaners and a glue stick. You can figure out the rest =)

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As for the book ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar‘, it is a children’s classic highly recommended for kids aged 1 – 3. Eric Carle, the author of the book, colorfully illustrates the life cycle of a caterpillar. He also¬†beautifully¬†introduces the child to counting and days of the week. I remember reading this book as a child. Now it’s one of KT’s favorite. The paperback imported version of this book is available on Flipkart for just Rs. 150. This craft would be more fun and meaningful once the child has been read this book a couple of times!