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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.

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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.

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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
  • Scissors

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Then cut the extra contact paper off all around the outside edge of the flower.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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

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P.S. Since writing this post, winter storm Stella has arrived blanketing us in snow!

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{ 8 comments }
Nina March 15, 2017, 10:31 am

You always come up with the neatest ideas. Will have to do this one with Matthew.

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Teresa March 15, 2017, 6:26 pm

Our flower seeds are sprouting already! The grandkids enjoyed it, so I think Matthew would. Except little Zellene, she planted seeds and then her attention was lost to playing playdough with a new Frozen playset!

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Donna March 15, 2017, 8:57 pm

Hi, Teresa – It was nice to meet you at the Wednesday AIM link up. My grandchildren are currently 19 months, and 4 months. I am looking forward to doing increased activities with them (as you described in this post). Your blog is a great resource. I will definitely be back!

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Teresa March 16, 2017, 9:10 pm

Thank you Donna! Grandchildren are wonderful! My husband and I saw a quote once that said; “If I’d known grandchildren were so much fun, I would have had them first”. We laughed in agreement! Thank you for stopping by and reading.

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Grammy Dee March 16, 2017, 11:42 am

What a wonderful activity for children and making memories too. Thank you Teresa for sharing this post at Wednesday AIM Link Party at Grammy’s Grid. I shared it on social media. Hope you get lots of traffic!
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Teresa March 16, 2017, 9:30 pm

Everyday I’m checking the seeds and moving them into the windowsill so they can take in some sun. They are sprouting! Thank you for sharing on social media.

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Debra March 17, 2017, 9:52 am

This sounds fun and easy- my kind of project! I have a five year old and a 15 month grand daughter (s). This would be fun for both. Thanks for the idea.
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Teresa March 18, 2017, 10:36 am

I hope they enjoy it! I think they truly will; little girls especially seem to love crafts. And our seeds are sprouting, yeah! Thank you for reading and commenting.

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