This adorable project helps build fine motor skills while helping children connect more with nature. Get outside and learn more about the flowers around us, then build a gorgeous bouquet kids can keep for themselves or share with someone they love. A wonderful summer camp project!
WILD FLOWER BOUQUET CRAFT
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I love getting my kids out into nature and encouraging them to explore. The more time we spend outside the happier everyone is, so when I have a project that gets the kids excited to head out into the yards and parks, it’s a winner!
Making the Vase
For this project you will need to create your vase. You can do this a few different ways.
VASE DESIGN #1
Card Stock (or use regular paper you glue to cardboard)
Printer and our free vase printable (available to our mailing list subscribers, sign up below)
Single hole punch or Scissors
Markers or Crayons
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Print out the vase designs after them onto card stock or print on regular paper and glue it onto cardboard cut the size of the paper. Punch random holes above the vase where you would like your flowers. Use colourful markers or crayons to colour your vase.
Optional: Using a green marker or crayon to add stalks and leaves under the holes where the flowers will go down to the vase top. We decided not to, because the kids were so excited to go pick their flowers.
VASE DESIGN #2
Cardboard or Card Stock
Markers (we love Sharpies)
Markers or Crayons for colouring
Using a black Sharpie draw a vase design. Be sure to include patterns like dots, zig-zags, stars or even flowers. Colour your vase to make it beautiful. Punch holes above the vase where you are going to add your flowers. Using green add stalks and leaves from the flower holes to the top of the vase.
TIP: If you don’t have a hole punch or can’t reach the middle of your craft to punch holes, use a pencil to push through and make the holes.
Head Out Into Nature!
Now it’s time to take your vase and head out into nature. Ensure your kids know not to take flowers from anyone’s gardens without permission!
Public parks often have lots of dandelions, clover and more, plus public trails will have gorgeous wild grown flowers, a little exploring will reveal a gorgeous array of flowers in your area!
You can also talk to your neighbours who might be avid gardeners. They may be willing to part with a few buds in the name of education. Or maybe you have your own flower garden to explore.
Take a look around and see what you can find and where would be the best place to find your flowers in your area.
Once you have found your flowers, have your child select the specific flowers they want to add to their vase. Using scissors carefully cut the flower ensuring that you leave a few inches of the stalk.
Next, have your child carefully place the flowers through the holes. If you wish, you can secure the flowers with a bit of tape if they are falling out.
I love encouraging my kids to dig a little deeper. So once we were home with our homemade vases we did some research to learn more about the types of flowers we had and to learn a bit about those flowers. We have Dandelions which are very popular with bees, plus some Wild Roses. Then we took some flowers from the garden. A favourite was the Gerber Daisies!
This project provides the opportunity for kids to practice and learn a variety of skills.
Drawing, colouring and placing flowers through the holes are all great fine motor practice. Additionally, working with the hole punch really helps build hand strength, especially through the thicker cardboard and card stock. Working with scissors and picking flowers is also a great way to build fine motor skills.
We are up and moving, out in nature! Make sure you incorporate a good walk or hike as you source your flowers.
Science and Research
Learn more about the natural fauna (plants) in your area, and teach your children how to do some basic research to find out more about the flowers they used.
This is a simple project, but one that kids will love doing this summer. You can also use this concept to make a really gorgeous bouquet card to give as a present.
Flower Math Mats Printable
For even more wonderful themed learning, try these Flower Math Mats to build counting skills and early math literacy. This printable is free for STEAM Powered Family mailing list members. Simply enter your email to unlock the printable. Enjoy!