One bad thing about planting a garden is that it lacks instant gratification which is something most toddlers crave. Because our vegetable plants aren't producing yet we made a craft that gives us instant blooms. You will need a styrofoam cup, a tongue depressor, pretty colored paper (we cut up one of our butterfly paintings), a pompom and glue.
Begin by coloring the cup.
Then color the tongue depressor green with markers or paint.
Cut out petals from colorful paper or old paintings and glue them in a flower shape onto the end of the depressor.
Glue a pompom in the middle. Eva calls hers the flower's pollen- gotta love it when kids learn new vocabulary just by exploring their world!
Cut a slit in the bottom of the cup as wide as your depressor and push the flower into the cup so that it is hidden.