The flowers are out. Yay!!!
They just lift your spirits don’t they?
Blossom heavy trees.
Carpets of wild bluebells in the woods.
And dancing daffodils everywhere.
They’re so joyful.
I want to spend every moment we have right now in the park and in London’s lovely woods.
Soaking them all up.
It’s the perfect time for a wild flower nature hunt.
Especially if you try to see like a bee.
(BECAUSE they don’t see what we see …)
And there are lots of lovely, simple flower crafts you can do with your kids that let them explore the flowers when they get home.
I’ve got a whole load of my favourites for you right here.
They’re all gorgeous.
AND seriously simple.
So you won’t need to spend any time preparing.
Or fussing over special materials.
These simple flower crafts are all about giving our kids the space to enjoy …
… the colours …
… the perfume …
… and the feel of the petals in their fingers.
And as they rip them and cut them and squidge them and twist them to notice …
… the structure …
… and the different parts of the flowers …
… and how they vary between flowers.
And to wonder about the bees and the butterflies and …
… how they take pollen from one flower to another …
… and what actually happens when the pollen gets there.
There’s painting with flowers and petal pictures, flower sun catchers and windows, flowers in the water play and little petal potions plus daisy chains and flower threading, dandelion playdough and meadow flower gloop, flower drawing and dissecting right through to instant flower pressing and the simplest, loveliest flower gifts … and more …
Enough pure loveliness to delight your kids all summer long.
30 Lovely Flower Crafts For Kids
1. Paint With Flowers
Even littlies can dunk flowers in paint and splodge away … (the-gingerbread-house.co.uk)
But painting with flowers is just plain gorgeous enough to attract older kids too … (theartkitblog.com)
They can experiment with different flower painting techniques.
And can even make paint brushes with the flowers … (messylittlemonster.com)
2. Petal Pictures
One of our favourite simple flower crafts is sticking petals on paintings.
You can use the flowers petals for everything from flower fairies… (childhood101.com)
To funny flower faces (happyhooligans.ca) …
And it’s a fab chance to pull the flowers apart and check out the structure beneath …
3. Flower Petal Sun Catchers
Another fab way to get up close to flowers are sun catchers.
These flower picture frames are super simple.
And need nothing more than old boxes and cling film … (krokotak.com)
Even if you’re not into fancy crafts with your kids, contact paper – or sticky back plastic – is a cool thing to have around. Particularly for flower crafts as it lets you get the flowers nice and flat.
Littlies can use it with cut out paper plates to make these adorable flower sun catchers.
I love how simple they are … (messylittlemonster.com)
Littlies will also love these squidgy flower sun catchers (handsonaswegrow.com) ….
Whilst older kids could make these beautiful flower mandalas (nurturestore.co.uk) …
Or stunning flower petal stained glass windows (artfulparent.com) …
Or if they’re up for a bit of building 3D flower suncatchers …
4. Flower Water Play
On sunny days simple water play is the best.
It’s cooling. And it CAN be calm …
Just add some flowers and petals to a water play tray … (fantasticfunandlearning.com)
And enjoy swishing them around.
And soaking up the fragrance.
Or add them to the paddling pool. Or the bath.
Or – if the fancy takes you – make some flower soup (adventure-in-a-box.com) …
5. Flower Potions
And then of course there are flower potions.
Oh my the memories!
How many childhood hours did we spend mixing flower petal potions in jam jars?
Or if you’ve got them tiny fairy bottles or test tubes … (mothernatured.com)
Or in some old bottles or jars with a good lid add some other bits and bobs in with your flowers and make full blown spring flower sensory bottles … (kidscraftroom.com)
6. Frozen Flowers
And if you’ve done flower potions …
… why not try freezing your flowers … (craftsonsea.co.uk)
7. Flower Chains & Crowns
Daisy chains have to be another of the simplest, loveliest ways to while away the time in the garden or the park or meadows … (rainydaymum.co.uk)
Or if you’ve flowers – and a bit of time – to spare you could make these rather grander flower crowns … (willowday.net)
8. Threading Flowers
And when you’ve made daisy chains and flower crowns galore you can go further and thread petals (munchkinsandmoms.com) …
Again, again, it’s the simplest thing.
But it really lets children engage with the structure of the petal.
And all those essential fibres transporting water and food through them.
9. Flower Petal Playdough
The feel and fragrance of flowers is such a lovely sensory experience.
So they’re perfect for adding to that sensory stalwart playdough.
Now, there are so many recipes out there for playdough, it can all seem a bit complicated.
BUT it isn’t, it really isn’t.
You don’t need anything more than flour and cold water.
Just keep adding a little water until the dough is firm.
And there are some lovely examples here of adding flowers to playdough from Pre-K Pages …
And Crafts On Sea …
And totally adorable dandelion playdough from Clares Little Tots – I love this!
Or for something more fabulously fluid try this wild flower goop (craftsonsea.co.uk) …
… or meadow flower oobleck (kidscraftroom.com)
They’re both just cornflour (corn starch) and water and lovely flowers.
10. Dissecting Flowers
Now you really don’t need to get all serious about flowers.
To learn an awful lot about them.
In painting and making pictures and potions and chains and crowns and playdough and gloop, children will learn for themselves so much about what flowers are. And their diversity.
BUT sometimes it IS fun to geek out.
And get out some scissors and ever so, ever so carefully dissect a flower …
… and find its eggs!
Yep, flowers have eggs. (kcedventures.com)
Daffodils are the best flowers we’ve found for dissecting.
But if you’ve got any flowers past their best cut them up and see what you can find.
If you don’t have a great magnifying glass, no worries.
Just use your phone camera.
11. Drawing Flowers
Dissecting – aka cutting up – flowers is also a great prompt for drawing flowers … (theimaginationtree.com)
Even little kids can engage with the details of the flower.
And recreate with pencils or water colours.
12. Pressing Flowers
We get all excited about pressing flowers and leaves.
Then forget about them by the time their 4 weeks in a pile of heavy books is up.
So we totally loved this instant method for pressing flowers with a hammer we discovered last summer … (craftberrybush.com)
You can also press flowers quickly with an iron.
You do it with a cool iron, so you can do it with kids.
And you can even press flowers in the microwave. We haven’t tried it but are going to give it a go.
13. Flower Gifts
If you do press flowers, you an use them to make the loveliest gifts for Mothers Day and more.
These pressed flower bookmarks are very pretty … (buggyandbuddy.com)
But you could also just pop pressed flowers between two sheets of contact paper and cut into strips … (spalvotasdryzuotas.com)
Or even simpler make these lovely little spring flower key rings … (thimbleandtwig.com)
14. Flower Games
And when you’re done with flower crafts.
You can play flower games.
Everything from flower colour matching … (learningandexploringthroughplay.com)
… to wild flower hopscotch and daisy and buttercup tic-tac-toe.
How lovely is that?
I do hope you and your kids enjoy these simple flower crafts.
Do check out my other ideas for exploring nature with children.