This is a great activity for using the five senses to explore plants, in the garden and greenhouse, which can be used to make cards – lavender, roses, mint and cinnamon. Explore dried plant materials. (Sensory Exploration – fragrance, texture, color, sound) Ask what plant parts are used to make cards with fragrance and textures. (Horticulture/Science/Botany). Talk about the history and traditions of sending cards. (Social Studies, Literature). Discuss the design of the card. (Creativity – art class). Ask “who do you know who enjoys receiving cards – would you like to make cards for them – for what occasion or message?” (Language Arts, Community Service) “Is there anyone in our class or school who needs support – how can we do that with a card?” Students can go even more global and make cards for soldiers or disaster victims. Lessons include Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts and The Arts.
Construct or create different shapes and designs, for different holidays: heart, pumpkin, clover (St. Patrick’s Day), evergreen. If you want to create a flower design, use lavender buds for the flower, mint leaves for leaves, and a cinnamon stick for the stem.
Adaptations and Assistive Devices
Adaptive Perkins stencil card jig
Various drying racks
Large print, Braille (for messages)
Sources for Supplies
Herbs and Spices – grow your own and dry!
Atlantic Spice Company, Truro, MA www.atlanticspice.com – herbs, spices, botanicals
Perkins Assistive Devices Shops
APH – American Printing House for the Blind – [email protected] – APH trays
Crafts Stores – A.C. Moore (glue, brushes)
Dick Blick Art Materials Catalogue – www.dickblick.com – brushes, Strathmore notecards and envelopes
Recycled Paper – for cards and envelopes