Tuesday, April 4, 2017

BUGS at the Maryland Home and Garden Show

The BUGS After-School Program was asked to participate in the Maryland Home and Garden Show. Jay and John Plummer are the directors of this bi-annual event. Each year, vendors come from all-around Maryland to share new tips on gardening, patios, and floral decorations. 

                                                   

In October of 2016, an email was received from Jay Plummer about the BUGS Program participating in this event as children's craft table. Needless to say, we were very excited about this opportunity. It would provide new and different exposure for our program. 
The Ladybugs plant succulents for the MD Home and Garden Show.
Ms. Rachel, the Gardening Educator, and Mr. Terry, the Art Educator, helped to spearhead the crafts that would be easy, fun, and practical for children attending the show with their parents. Ms. Rachel worked with the Ladybugs to plant succulents for attendees to use. By collecting the left over milk cartons and spray painting them, passerby's would get an opportunity to replant the succulent in a colorful milk carton. They could also decorate the planter with tissue paper and glitter glue.

Destiny helps one of the attendees to create a planter with a succulent.
Ty'Nashisa helps a peer with creating seed art.
The BUGS Station also offered Seed Art. Children could use different colored and shaped seeds to bring an image to life. Images of butterflies, trees, and flowers were used. By using some glue and their imagination, they were able to create some wonderful images that were free for them to take.
Destiny tries to convince a little girl to create some art.
Our experience at the MD Home and Garden Show was wonderful. We received so much great feedback about our activities and what we do for the students. Many attendees, upon hearing about what was offered, bought their children directly to our table. 
              
Glori demonstrating Seed Art.
It was an great experience having some of the BUGS students volunteer and assist with teaching so many people how to create the art and talk about the great things they like about our program. It was a different experience for them. It'll be one that they'll never forget.
                  
               Jmaiyuen having a little fun showing how to create the Succulent Planter.
During some down time, Ty'Nashisa, Destiny, and Taleah create their own Seed Art and Succulent Planter.
 
                                   
                                            Lastly, Glori had an chance to visit the Butterfly Garden and feed the butterflies.
A special thank you to Jay and John Plummer, and the entire MD Home and Garden Staff that made the BUGS After-School Program feel so welcomed and valued.