Pumpkin brought her completed project to school today to turn in to her teacher.
For a little girl who has LOVED to play with play dough and clay all of her life, this project was right up her alley! She spent many hours on this project.
My favorite part of the process was one day when she was in the sunroom working on the ferns. I was in another room of the house and hadn't seen her strategy about how to form the ferns. She came to me and said, "I figured out how to do the ferns. Here's one that I finished." I was expecting something pretty basic--my jaw dropped when I saw the finished product.....she'd formed each leaf, made tinyindentations on each leaf, and clumped the leaves all together in a way that made the thing look just like a little fern!
Her figures are all made out of model magic. After the model magic dried, she finished the process by painting with acrylic paint.
This project has been a huge hit with her. I told her teacher that I think she'll remember this learning experience forever.
She'll give her oral presentation on Friday. That's when she'll present all of her research about her animals (food, shelter, etc) and her two plants.
p.s. I've eaten bananas for 35 years, and I've never known very much of anything about the plant they come from. What an interesting and unique plant!