Enjoy the blooms of summer with this little craft activity that will help to keep the kids quiet over the summer holidays. This works equally well as an indoor or outdoor activity (just right for keeping children amused while the BBQ heats up). If you are doing this inside, on a rainy day, just use play dough as a base. Its a good use for a seed catalogue or magazine that would otherwise be put in the recycling.
You will need:
Pictures of flowers (from seed catalogues, magazines etc; there are plenty of flower photos all over the place at this time of year once you start looking….).
Wooden kebab sticks or straws (green pipe cleaners would work well too- and look like stems!).
Found objects (stones, shells, cuttings from the garden). Also silk flowers.
An empty treasure box to put it all in.
- Make some of your own plants by cutting out flower pictures from the seed catalogues or magazines. The cutting out does need to be perfectly neat, just rough shapes are effective. The occasional bird or rabbit picture can be cute to use as well!
- Cut the kebab sticks or straws so that they are about 5-10 Cm in length.
- Stick the pictures onto the sticks with tape. Older children might like to help with this. Younger children might enjoy finding a treasure box with the elements already made.
- Stick the flowers into a small area in your garden, or alternatively, use play dough, or a pot with soil in it. Enjoy adding the different garden elements to the space and re-arranging them as you please.
- You could also add silk flowers or cuttings of real flowers and plants and perhaps stones or empty snail shells collected from the garden to add interest and texture and make the garden more realistic.
For another simple paper craft activity for kids, have a look at the Meals and Makes Grow kits here. Each one contains a 3D cardboard building to colour-in and easily assemble.