Spring Blossoms Workshop

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I looked out the window and what did I see? Popcorn popping on an apricot tree.  It’s springtime!  Just the right time to make a spring blossom picture!  Here’s what you will need:

  • a sheet of light blue paper
  • white pencil
  • elmer’s glue
  • fine salt
  • brown paint
  • light colored tissue paper cut into small squares.

Use the white pencil to draw some branches of a tree.  Paint your branches with glue (do a nice thick layer).

Sprinkle lots and lots of salt over the glue.  Let the glue dry and then shake the salt off.  (We didn’t have time to let the glue dry, so we had to be extra delicate doing the next step).

Paint the salt brown.  Let dry.

Lay a square of tissue paper onto the top of a pencil (the side without the point) and fold downward, forming a flower blossom. Dip the flat part into glue and stick onto a tree branch. Keep doing that until your tree is covered with flowers.  We glued little crushed up balls of tissue paper to the center of the flowers just to make them a little more colorful.

And there you have it, a beautiful tree with lots of spring blossoms! Achooo! Just kidding these trees are hypoallergenic!

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Popcorn

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbls popcorn
  • 1 tbls cooking oil (can be soy, sunflower, peanut oil, etc – just not olive oil)
  • melted butter
  • salt
  1. Put popcorn kernels and oil in a medium sized pot. Place cover on pot and put on stove.
  2. With the help of an adult, turn stove to a medium heat.  After a few minutes you will hear the kernels popping.
  3. DO NOT OPEN LID – it’s very hot and very dangerous.
  4. When there is a few seconds gap between each pop, turn off stove. You can remove the pot from the burner, but don’t open lid until the popping completely stops.
  5. Now you can pour the melted butter over the popcorn and sprinkle on some salt – make sure you toss it around a bit while doing this, so the butter and salt will be spread evenly.

*tbls is the abbreviation for tablespoon. The tablespoon is an exact measurement (approximately 14.8 milliliters), but for this recipe, you can just use a big spoon.

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Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree

An oldie, but goody is Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree

The lyrics are:

I looked out the window and what did I see?

Popcorn popping on the apricot tree.

Spring has brought me such a nice surprise!

Blossoms popping right before my eyes.

I can take a handful and make a treat.

A popcorn ball that smells so sweet.

It wasn’t really so, but it seemed to be

Popcorn popping on the apricot tree.

These guys do a really beautiful version:

This is a great song for spring, we may have to post again!

To read this in Italian click here.