Do you need low-cost, all-natural crafts materials for projects with your kids? Just take a look at your vase or around your garden. The flowers you have there already brightened up your home, but they can also add color to the kids’ creations, whether fresh or pressed. The children will enjoy working with the soft petals as well. There are countless fun ways for you and your kids to use flowers in your crafts, but for starters, here are 5 projects you can make together.
5 Kid-Friendly Flower Crafts to Try
- Fairy Soup
Making fairy soup is a great way for kids to play around with both water and flowers, as well as strengthen their cutting skills. Young princesses who love stirring make-believe potions will especially love this activity.
Materials: large pot, soup bowls, wooden spoons, and soup ladles, scissors, glitter, shaker bottles, pretty stones, sea shells, fresh flowers
- Place your materials on a table outside (anywhere is okay as long as you’re fine with it getting wet).
- Fill the pot with water and stir in some food coloring.
- Prepare the “ingredients” of the soup for your children to use, pouring glitter into the shaker bottles and putting the stones, shells, and flowers in small containers. Place the scissors nearby in case the children want to cut up the flowers.
- Call the kids over! This is one soup that your kids will love to put together for themselves.
Originally posted on Happy Hooligans.
- Flower Play Dough
Children can refine their motor skills and grow problem-solving skills by rolling and folding their favorite play dough. However, some younger children like nibbling on the clay! Be sure that the ingredients are non-toxic by making the clay in your own kitchen. Add fresh flower petals to the play dough for more fragrance and texture.
Materials: 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup water, 1/4 cup salt, 2 tsp cream of tartar, red food coloring, rose water or flower-scented oils, flower petals
- Combine the flour, water, salt, and cream of tartar in a saucepan.
- Add a few drops of food coloring and one or two drops of rose water or scented oil.
- Place the pan over low heat and stir.
- Once the dough forms a large ball, transfer it to parchment or wax paper and let it cool.
- Knead the dough for thirty seconds or until it becomes pliable.
- Tear the petals into small pieces and fold them into the dough.
Recipe from Pre-K Pages.
- Natural Homemade Watercolors
Painting is a great way for children to learn to express themselves. Watercolor sets can be found at school supply stores near you, but with enough flowers at home, you can make your own watercolors in different hues!
Materials: flowers, 1 cup warm water, small plastic bags (preferably resealable)
- Ask your child to help pick flowers with the brightest colors–they’ll gladly oblige.
- Separate the flowers by colors and remove their petals.
- Place the petals in the plastic bags, with one bag per color, and pour some warm water into each bag. You may gently crush the petals, taking care to not break the bags.
- Let the water sit for an hour.
- Pour the fresh watercolor paint into little containers.
- Finally, set out a few paintbrushes and some paper for your child.
A project originally posted on Learn Play Imagine.
- Two-Toned Flowers
Do you have snow-white flowers sitting by themselves at home? Give them a fresh new look with colored water. Your child can also observe how flowers drink water through their stems.
Materials: White daisies, roses, or chrysanthemums, food coloring or liquid watercolor paint, 2 or more cups, chopping board, and knife
- Pour water into the cups so that the water is one or two inches high.
- Add several drops of food coloring or watercolor to each cup.
- Slice the flowers’ stems in half lengthwise, leaving an inch or two of the uncut stem before the flower head.
- Place each section of the stem in one cup of colored water, submerging the ends well. The flower petals will start changing color within a few hours.
Try cutting a single stem into three and placing the flower in red, yellow, and blue water!
Project from Artful Parent.
- Floral Stained Glass
Decorate your windows with pressed flowers for a stained glass effect. This allows light to come in while also providing a bit of privacy. It’s much easier than it sounds! Plus, your children can point at the door and proudly say “Mom and I made that!” whenever visitors are around.
Materials: Pressed flowers, leaves, contact paper, scissors
- Trim the contact paper to the size of your window panes.
- Have your children arrange flower petals and leaves on the sticky side of the contact paper.
- Mount the paper directly on the window glass. Step back and admire your freshened windows!
Originally posted on Artful Parent.
Try out any of these crafts as an after-school-project or on a relaxed Sunday afternoon. You might make a small mess of trampled petals, but the smiles on your kids’ faces will be completely worth it.
Micah de Jesus is the SEO Director of GrowthScout SEO Services, a digital marketing firm in Quezon City and a Digital Media Manager for Flower Patch, a flower shop in Pasig.
Flower Patch is an online flower shop offering same-day flower delivery services to clients within Metro Manila. Whatever the occasion is, we offer flower arrangements to help you express your message.