Sunday, July 20, 2014

Yard Stick Planter Activity

One of my very favorite places to shop for craft supplies is the dollar store. They normally have a small section with craft items like pom-pom balls, googly eyes, and popsicle sticks. The last time I ran in there, I found some Decorative Yard Stick Planters. They had four designs, so it was perfect!
The items we needed for this activity were:
  • A Yard Stick for Each Child
  • Markers

 I've had the markers for awhile, but I can't imagine that they were more than a dollar. $5 for a summer activity for quads is pretty reasonable in my opinion!
Clockwise from left: Abby, Caleb, Ellie, and Elijah
Our main potty training goal last week, was to get Ellie to go on the potty, but by day 3, we desperately needed a break from sitting on the toilet. That's when I broke out my dollar store craft supplies, and we all sat down to work on decorations for the backyard.

What you don't see in these photos? Ellie's potty chair is all of 12 inches from where she is sitting....and she isn't wearing anything on her lower half. Oh yes, potty training adventures will make it on the blog at some point. Meanwhile, photos were very carefully taken of this project. Lol!
Clockwise from top left: Ellie, Caleb, Abby, and Elijah

The kids were delighted to have a project to break up the monotony as well. And (thankfully!!!) everyone liked the yard stick design that I picked out for them: A Bird for Caleb, A Butterfly for Abby, A Bug for Elijah, and A Flower for Ellie.

And then, we just had to wait for Daddy to get home so that we could go outside and find special places for them!

After dinner, we all headed out to the backyard and started looking for the best spot. We let each child pick where they wanted to plant their yard stick, because we wanted the activity to be theirs from beginning to end.
Ellie and her flower

Abby decided that her butterfly would look best right next to the flower.
Abby and her butterfly (with Elijah waiting for his turn to pick a spot)

Elijah found his spot a little distance away. He was so excited about planting his yard stick, that he wasn't looking at the camera. I started waving at him to get his attention, so he thought he'd wave back. Ha!
Caleb and his bug

Caleb had an entirely different method from everyone else. While Ellie was working on a spot for her planter, Caleb ran over and pitched his in the middle of the flower bed and ran off. Lol! I guess he figured that if it were ON the ground, that it was close enough to being IN the ground. Eventually we got him to come back and find a spot for his, but he was really more interested in just running about the backyard.
I highly recommend checking our your local dollar store for craft supplies and ideas! It's a great spot to pick up inexpensive, low stress, easy prep activities to pass the summer days.


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