Kids and Flowers: How to Create Green Thumb Wizards with Whimsical DIY Projects
Ever noticed how a child’s face lights up like a sunflower in full bloom when they’re playing in the garden? Nature is like a multicolored canvas for kids – full of intriguing shapes, captivating scents, and endless opportunities for discovery. So, let’s dive into the fun-filled world of flowers and uncover some enchanting DIY activities that will have your kiddos channeling their inner garden gnomes in no time!
Press Play with Flower Pressing
Get ready for an expedition into your backyard or nearby park to hunt for the prettiest flowers! You see, not all flowers like the spa treatment of pressing. Some are just too juicy! So, we recommend the ‘thin and non-soggy’ types like pansies, violets, and daisies.
Once your mini explorers have their flower haul, it’s time for a pressing party. Pop those precious petals between sheets of paper and tuck them into a hefty book (maybe that old dictionary you’ve been using as a doorstop?). Fast forward a couple of weeks, and – voila! You’ve got yourselves some perfectly pressed blooms, ready to jazz up bookmarks, greeting cards, or even your fridge!
Be a Flower Detective
Here’s a project for the little Sherlock Holmes in your family! Start by choosing a flower and gently disassembling it. As they examine the petals, stamen, and pistil, you can talk about each part’s superpowers. Add a field guide or a kid-friendly plant ID app into the mix, and your tiny botanist will be naming all your garden flowers in no time!
Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow
Unleash your child’s inner Picasso with this fun project. Let them paint and bedazzle flower pots or vases to their heart’s content. The result? A ‘home sweet home’ for their fresh-cut flowers that will add a pop of color to any room, and a boost of pride in their little hearts!
Say Cheese, Flowers!
Who needs models when you have a bouquet of super photogenic flowers? Encourage your kids to experiment with angles and lighting as they snap their floral muses. It’s an Instagram-worthy activity that brings out the natural beauty of flowers and maybe even the next Annie Leibovitz from your family!
Now, don’t forget, all these creative quests require an adult sidekick for guidance and safety. But remember, the ultimate goal is to have fun and let those little green thumbs blossom!
Q1: What are the top flowers for kids to press?
A1: Think ‘thin and non-juicy’ for this one! Pansies, violets, and daisies are eager volunteers.
Q2: How can I be sure the flowers we pick are safe for my little ones to handle?
A2: Stick with flowers you know are non-toxic and safe to touch. When in doubt, pick flowers from a trusty source – like your local florist, a.k.a. us!
Q3: What’s the perfect age for these flowery exploits?
A3: There’s something for everyone! Flower pressing can be a hit with the younger sprouts, while your older blossoms might enjoy the photography project.
Q4: What else do we need to kickstart these projects?
A4: Apart from a bunch of fresh cut flowers, you’ll need some heavyweight books, paper, art supplies, and a camera or smartphone.
Q5: Can we do these projects indoors?
A5: Absolutely! These projects are perfect for indoor fun, making them an excellent choice for a rainy day or when outdoor adventure isn’t on the cards.
I would love for you to share photos of your projects with me!