Yesterday was beautiful, sunny and warm; today we woke up to see snow flurries swirling past our window and covering the ground. And a cold wind; can’t forget that. Oh well, it is March and that means “in like a lion and out like a lamb”!
When I was planning for my grandchildren to spend the day with me, my mind went to activities centered around flowers because I had seen several blooming daffodils and flowering trees in my travels. I decided to include planting flower seeds (to be transplanted to Grandma’s flower garden later), making a flower craft and reading a book or two about flowers to round out our flower adventures.
I purchased 3 little windowsill greenhouse sets and some flower seeds so that each grandchild could plant their very own seeds. These worked great. You just open them, pour water over the wafers inside and watch them expand. Then open the mesh that covers the top of the wafer, put 2 or 3 seeds in each wafer and place the clear top on.
Once the seeds were all planted and placed in the windowsill, we moved on to our craft, which was to make a flower sun-catcher.Make an afternoon with your grand kids all about flowers with these fun ideas! #flowers #crafts… Click To Tweet
The supplies for the sun-catcher are minimal:
- Tissue paper
- A large flower template that can be cut out, inside and around the outside. I found mine on coloringpage.eu.
- Contact paper
First I found my flower and printed it out, then I took a black marker and went around the outside of the flower creating a thicker border so the flower could be cut out both inside and outside.
Cut the flower out around the outside edge. Then cut out the inside, leaving the complete black border. Then cut out two pieces of contact paper for each flower (large enough to fit the flower on). Cut various colors of tissue paper into small squares.
Pull the backing off one piece of contact paper and lay the flower border, black side down, on the sticky contact paper. Then fill in the entire flower with tissue paper squares.
When your grandchild is satisfied with their colorful creation, pull the backing off the second piece of contact paper. Place it on top of the tissue paper, sticky side down.
Then cut the extra contact paper off all around the outside edge of the flower.
To hang your sun-catcher:
- Small clear suction cup
- Fishing line, thread or other small cord of some type
Place a hole in the top of your sun-catcher just big enough to get your fishing line or cord through. (Simple hack: thread a needle and push it through the sun-catcher and your line or cord will be pulled through with it.) Then tie the line, thread or cord into a knot on the back side large enough to hold it in place. If needed you can always put a small dot of glue also. Put the suction cup on a window and hang your sun-catcher!
Or you can always go the easier route and just tape the flowers to your window like my granddaughter did. She enjoyed putting them where she felt they belonged!
Last of all, our flower adventures of the day included reading these eBooks that I purchased from Amazon. I have a Kindle app on my iPad that makes it so easy to do! These books can also be purchased in paperback.
And our flower adventures of the day were complete! Enjoy making these with your children, grandchildren or kids group. To make it easier, I’ve included printable instructions for the craft here: Flower Sun-Catcher
P.S. Since writing this post, winter storm Stella has arrived blanketing us in snow!
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