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Flower Theme Arts & Crafts

Handprint Flowers
Glue a circle in the middle of the page, then place hand prints all around it as
the petals

Class Project
Use large Construction paper and cut out a petal shape. Make 5 petals for
each flower. Let the kids paint them what every color they want. For the middle
cut a large circle out of yellow or orange construction paper. You can glue the
petals to the circle or tape them...Your class will be full of large colorful flowers.

Flower Children
Take pictures of each of the children and put their faces in the middle of a
flower.

Bulletin Board
Use white crayons to draw flowers all over paper. Paint with watercolors-
the kids loved to mix up the colors so each flower was different. After they
dried, I cut them out and arranged them on our bulleting board to look like a
flower garden. We also made a sun, butterflies and a hot air balloon in the
same method for the sky. It looks great and the kids had great pride in how
their flowers look all together.

Hand Flowers
Trace around a child's hand about 8 times with a thick black felt tip. Let the child
stick different coloured tissue paper (or other materials such as felt) on 6 hands.
Cut out the hands and place the hands in a circle to form the petals. Place a
picture of the child cut out into a round shape in the middle of the petals. Draw
a long stem for the child which they then stick green tissue paper on. Next, with
the remaining two hands stick green tissue paper on so these make the leaves.
Assemble together to make a pretty flower.

CD Flowers
Paint the free cd's you get in the mail and then glue a piece of corkboard with
flower petals (glued to the outside of the corkboard) on the bottom of your
painted flower and you have a new flower coaster!

Waxed Paper Flowers
Take two pieces of wax paper and put some small pieces of wax crayon
between them. Melt the crayon with a hot iron so that it covers the inside of the
wax paper. Trace and cut some flower shapes out of the wax paper. Staple
shut and hang from a ceiling and watch the sunlight shine through them.

Coffee Filter Flowers
Take coffee filters and let the children color them with crayons, markers, or even
paint then put 3 or 4 of them together one on top of the other and glue or staple
in the center. Then fan out each layer to make it look like different petals of a
flower then glue or staple a pom-pom in the center if you like and string or
ribbon for the stem on the back of the flower

Paper Plate Flowers
Use paper plates to make flowers of various colours . Just get a paper plate of
any size and cut out petal shapes of various colours. Allow the children to
choose the colours they want and glue them round the edge. Then in the middle
we put tissue paper circles of colour chosen by the child. simple, doesnt take
too long, and look good too. To add to this can have small butterflys or bees to
get coloured or already made, then can paper fasten them on and they will spin.

Decorate Flowers
Have the children decorate predrawn flowers with glitter, shimmer shower,
tissue paper, crepe paper, coloured rice, pasta - anything the possibilities are
endless!

Button Flowers
Make a circle on a piece of paper, glue some buttons inside the circle.
Next, make the circle into a flower by either gluing flower petals around the circle or use paints.
Create a stem and leaves with paper cut outs, things from nature or paint.
Title your picture of flowers: "Friends are the flower in life's garden"

Early Spring
Early spring flowers are forsythia and ***** willows. Have the children draw
brown bush branches and then choose which they want to make? For the
forsythias have yellow paint for them to put their finger tips in and place on the
branch drawing. If they want to do ***** willows have gray pain and use the
same procedure.

Games & Activities

Plant flower seeds in styrofoam cups.

Cut out flower pictures from seed catalogs and make a flower collage.

pluck petals off of flowers and make potpourri

Role Play
Turn the "house corner" into a garden centre - with flower pots, fake flowers,,
rakes, spades, aprons, gloves etc and the kids love it. decorated it using
various pictures etc.

Life of a Flower
Draw pictures of the various stages of a flowers development - 1 = planting
seeds; 2=water seed, 3=sunshine and water, 4= seeds begin to grow and roots
grow too, 5 and 6 = same as 4 but grown more. end up with 7 or 8 being the
fully grown flower. this activity can be done alongside an activity where seeds
are actually planted and various stages can be seen in real life as well as
pictures. we used cress as it grows quickly, but we have also planted other
seed which will hopefully bloom outside quickly ie sunflower seeds.

Snacks & Recipes

Edible bouquets
1 package bamboo skewers
1 box flower shaped cookies (they have to have a hole in the center of the
cookie. They are usually butter flavored and available in most grocery stores.
Avoid the mini size)
1 package spice gum drops (small gum drops. I used to go to the "bulk candy
bins, because I could make sure I got a good amount of green gum drops,
which is inconsequential unless you want every flower to have one green
gumdrop)
Twist ties
Optional:
Small plastic flower vases or homemade flower vases
Ribbon
Card
Take a skewer and push a gumdrop on upside down then place a cookie on top
of the gumdrop and secure using a right-side up gumdrop. The flower you have
will look somewhat like a black-eyed susan. After you have a bunch of cookies
done secure them together with a twist tie to make a bouquet. If you wish tie
ribbon around the twist tie and attach a card or place in a vase.

For small children you may want to cut the points off and have them push the
gumdrops onto the blunt ends. This makes a good "snack time" craft. It also can
be a nice addition to a flower-a-day craft bouquet to send home at the end of a
week. We have also used the edible bouquets for father's day in place of the
fresh flowers that we give for mother's day. It is a short craft and suitable for
younger ages.


Songs & Fingerplays

In My Little Garden (fingerplay)
In my little garden with a lovely view.
Sunflowers are smiling, one and two.
In my little garden by the apple tree,
Daffodils are dancing, one, two,
three. In my little garden by the kitchen door,
Roses are blooming, one, two,
three, four. In my little garden by the winding drive,
Violets are growing,
one, two, three, four, five!

(Children hold up a required number of fingers each time. Show the children
pictures of the different flowers that are mentioned in the rhyme.)

The Flower (fingerplay)
Here's a green leaf, (Show hand)
And here's a green leaf (Show other hand)
That you see makes two. (Hold up two fingers)
Here's a bud (Cup hands together)
That makes a flower: Watch it bloom for you! (Slowly open cupped hands)

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