Monday, May 19, 2014

Flower Water Tube Stamping

So, quick survey: What did you get for Mother's Day? Jhanis, The Vanilla Housewife, posted a hilarious list of what she wanted for Mother's Day and if all you really wanted was a good laugh, head on over there and you're bound to get one or two (at the very least).

Taking his cue from Baby Center's My Pregnancy Today app, which I read to him every Friday, my husband got me new Naturalizers because my at-30-weeks feet are, as scheduled according to the app, already too swollen. I would have requested the Crosley Executive Turntable or the Motorino Mk II but while playing some records for Cara on our current Motorino, my husband already said that he was going to get a new turntable for her which means I can stop dropping hints for that already (wink, wink) and which means he was also able to get me a new iPad.

If like my Mama you got, among other things, 2 dozen long-stemmed roses, then chances are you also have 2 dozen of the water tubes that go at the end of every long stem. Which should be doubly fun because now we can get those water tubes, put in water and food coloring, and do some stamping with the kids.

I felt quite like a scientist putting in water and food coloring into these plastic tubes (me and my early morning imagination).

- Flower water tubes
- Food coloring
- Tray/holder for the water tubes
- White folded napkin (thick enough to absorb and sustain our colored water, not too thin that water tears them)
- Your usual newsprint and apron

I like how the children can hold the flower water tubes with their tripod/three-finger grip.

Just let the children have a go at stamping!
Encourage them to use one water tube at a time, holding the water tube with their three-finger grip (so the activity also becomes a preparation to holding a pencil and writing).
A little tip: If the water tubes leak, tilt the tray a little.
When done, just let the work dry.

I think this looks like a page from Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a class favorite.

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  1. Wow, I had several of those and just threw them away. You are hands down one of tje most creative bloggers I've met! Who would have thought it can be used for creative play?
    And thank bunch for the shoutout! :)

    1. Thank you, Jhanis, for your early morning motivation, :) I should have thought about the idea sooner! A week after Mother's Day and the flowers already wilted, the water tubes thrown away (cue in melodramatic music). Haha! My husband teases me of being a hoarder because I keep keeping things like those. :)

    2. So my comment went through! I was commenting using my phone earlier and didn't know if it was saved. :)
      I can be a bit of a hoarder too, but it ends there. They do not transform into nice things that I thought I can make them to be! LOL

    3. Hahahaha! That happens to me like 80% of the time, too! I wonder how long can I keep our new house hoard-free.

  2. Your blog is amazing! I am in love with the beautiful pictures and fun activities. This painting project looks super fun! :)

    1. Thank you so much! :) Hope to see more of you around here. :)

  3. Thank you so much for linking up to the Learn & Play Link Up! Your post with one photo is being featured at I hope to see you come back and link up again this week!