Create a Gumdrop Topiary
Who knew math could be so fun? Your preschooler will delight in this counting activity that results in a beautiful holiday decoration for the whole family to enjoy. Your child can count out loud as he adds each gumdrop to the topiary, and see how high he can go. This activity will also help your child practice color recognition and learn about different materials and textures.
Topiary is the art of trimming and shaping trees into sculptural, ornamental shapes. Disneyland boasts some of the most famous American Portable style topiaries. In the early 1960's Walt Disney used the theme park's landscape shrubbery to recreate his beloved cartoon characters.
What You Need:
- Large Styrofoam ball (this will be the "canopy" of your topiary)
- Wooden dowel, up to 1” thick and approximately 15” long
- Green spray paint
- Flower pot or vase
- Moss, faux grass, or shredded paper
- Floral foam (available at your local arts and crafts store)
- Toothpicks, broken in half
- Gumdrops in many different colors
- Ribbon (optional)