During the summer, I tend to enjoy incorporating flower crafts into my kid craft times. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I LOVE Invitations to Play, so here is what we came up with for this week!
First, I let the kids make their own play dough. This makes it so special! HERE is a link to my favorite play dough recipe. If you were to do it yourself, it would only take you 5-10 minutes per batch. It’s also super cheap and all common ingredients (as long as you have cream of tartar). Homemade play dough is one of my “go to” activities. This time, the kids chose green, pink, and two different shades of purple. We decided to add glitter to all 4 colors to make it more fun! The kids are all 4 and under, so they did all of the pouring and I did the part on the stove. They loved watching and we discussed color mixing along the way.
Next, I gave them each a plate with a mound of each color of play dough, a green pipe cleaner cut in half and 2 green leaves. There’s LOTS of flexibility here! That’s what I had on hand, but here are some other ideas.
- Pipe Cleaners
- Cut up straws
- Pom poms
- Real leaves
- Fake leaves
- Real flowers
- Fake flowers
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Bay Leaves
- Paper Circles
Next, talk about flowers, how they grow, and why God gives them to us. They are such a joy! My daughter happened to be wearing a shirt with a large daisy on it, so we talked through each of the parts of a flower as well. I’m always looking for those teachable moments!
The kids spent over an hour on this project! There were some flowers made, but here are some of their creations.
Next time, I’m going to share the other super fun activity we did with their play dough.