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How to Make a Daisy Chain Flower Crown (Plus, Video Tutorial)

How to Make a Daisy Chain Flower Crown (Plus, Video Tutorial)

In mid-August, the black-eyed Susan and purple cone flowers reach their peak around here. It is a perfect time to take a nature walk and look at all the wildflowers. Pin It While we are walking through the flower fields, we like to make daisy chain flower crowns. Pin It All you do is: 1. Gather flowers. 2. Pierce the stem of the first flower with your nail so that you can fit a flower through the hole. 3. Pierce the stem … Read entire article »

Filed under: 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, Home Arts, Spring, Summer

DIY Microwave Pressed Flowers: For Your Flower Pressing Emergencies

DIY Microwave Pressed Flowers: For Your Flower Pressing Emergencies

Did you know you could press flowers in the microwave when you have a pressed flower emergency? What? You do not have pressed flower emergencies? It is only me? Most of us know how to press flowers for crafts and studying and preserving memories. You place the flowers in between two sheets of newsprint and then place that in between two pieces of cardboard. Then you stick the entire cardboard, newsprint, flower sandwich under a pile … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Home Arts, Spring

Mother’s Day Pressed Flower Frame

Mother’s Day Pressed Flower Frame

Last year the kids made photo frames with pressed flowers for the grandmothers for Mother’s Day. I wait a year to share our projects because my mother reads this site! Pin It Materials: wood frames (We found these very inexpensively at Michaels. If you just can’t find any, you could cut a frame from stiff cardboard.) paint pressed flowers Mod Podge optional: letter stickers (We used gold glitter letters.) cute pictures of children Directions: 1. Pick and press flowers. If you are last minute, I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, History and Culture, Spring

Forsythia Tissue Paper and Twig Craft

Forsythia Tissue Paper and Twig Craft

Budding branches are among the most beautiful and clear signs that spring has arrived. While we do not have the opportunity to see many cherry blossoms around here, we do see plenty of forsythia heralding the coming spring. We made twigs bud with tissue paper blossoms. Pin It Materials: twigs yellow tissue paper glue white paper Directions: 1. First, go outside to collect your twigs. My kids love picking up sticks and this step lasted the better part of a morning! 2.  Glue down your … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ecology, Featured, Science, Spring, Weather

Cherry Blossom Stamps

Cherry Blossom Stamps

Pin It We’re celebrating spring with lots of floral crafts! Here’s a cherry blossom stamp art project. Bonus: you reuse/recycle a soda or water bottle for your stamp. Materials: brown paint pink paint white paper paint brush soda or water bottle Directions: 1. Dilute the brown paint a little with a drop of water and paint the branches and twigs. I showed my kids how you can get thicker strokes by pressing down with the brush. We also examined branches to see how smaller … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Art, Ecology, Featured, History and Culture, Spring, Weather

How to Make a Flower Fairy

How to Make a Flower Fairy

We made these Flower Fairies in early summer but I am just getting around to posting them.  In the fall, we will make them with leaves. Pin It We had been wanting to make Flower Fairies for some time and I was inspired to finally give it a go when I saw these forest fairies at A New Bohemia during the Smart Summer Challenge. Materials: 1 wooden bead artificial flowers 2 chenille stems 1 metallic chenille stem embroidery floss or yarn glue dots or … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-12 (Middle Grades), Featured, Home Arts, Literacy, Spring, Summer

Backyard Science Activities, Crafts, and Books

Backyard Science Activities, Crafts, and Books

Children are natural scientists and the backyard is the perfect laboratory. Whether you are digging in the garden with kids, chasing butterflies and other bugs with your children, or studying animals with junior naturalists, you are sure to find plenty of ways to explore nature. I really dug the ideas in the Backyard Science Linky (get it? digging? for backyard science?) of the Smart Summer Challenge*! Some of the ones from our participants (and other hostesses) … Read entire article »

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Apple Blossom to Zinnia: 3 Flower Alphabet Picture Books

Apple Blossom to Zinnia: 3 Flower Alphabet Picture Books

Flowers are such a lovely part of spring and summer. We’ve planted, pressed, dissected, drawn, and studied these beautiful blossoms and are ready, soon, to move onto pollinators. To enrich our knowledge base of flower types, we borrowed some alphabet books featuring flowers. Flower Alphabet Picture Books Pin It The Flower Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta’s Alphabet Books): We own a number of Pallotta’s alphabet books and this one does not disappoint. The marginalia illustrate interesting facts about … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergartners), Ecology, Featured, Literacy, Smart Summer Challenge, Spring, Summer

F is for Flowers

F is for Flowers

Earlier in the spring, we learned about rain and the water cycle and about the plant life cycle.  Then, once our flowers bloomed, we explored our garden. We dissected flowers, pressed flowers, made daffodil flower crafts out of cardboard toilet paper tubes, and we also practiced writing using flower petals. Pin It As with most of our “letter of the week” crafts, I modify it to include writing the whole word for my daughter, who is … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Ecology, Featured, Literacy, Science, Smart Summer Challenge, Smell, Spring, Summer, Taste

Flower Anatomy Dissection

Flower Anatomy Dissection

As part of our study of flowers, we dissected a bloom from a rhododendron bush in our backyard. This was a good opportunity to see what my kids already knew about flowers and maybe teach them a few more terms. Pin It First, we picked some blossoms off the bush. Pin It Then, I used a knife to slice apart the petals to reveal what is inside. Pin It We pasted this diagram of flower anatomy from Enchanted Learning into our science … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Ecology, Featured, Science, Spring