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Flower Theme

June 1, 2010 04:31 by Barbara Shelby

 

Who Doesn't Like Flowers?
More than 65 great ideas to use with Pre-K through Grade 5 programs...Crafts, Art, Snacks, Games and more!

CRAFTS

MEXICAN TYPE FLOWERS: Colorful, Fun, and Pretty!
Need: Tissue paper in a variety of colors, scissors, and floral wire or colored pipe cleaners.

  1.  To make the flowers, layer five or six rectangular sheets of the same size tissue paper (the colors can be mixed or not). The smaller the tissue paper sheets, the smaller the flower.
  2.  Starting at one of the short ends of the paper, fold the paper into one-inch accordion folds - as if making a fan. 
  3.  Next, wrap floral wire or a pipe cleaner tightly around the CENTER of folded tissue paper. Straighten one of the wires for the stem.
  4.  Gently pull the layers of tissue paper apart, out and up… and fluff them to create a lush burst of colorful flower petals.

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FACIAL TISSUE PAPER FLOWERS

Materials: Facial tissue, Thread, Scissors,  
Instructions:
  1.  Pick one tissue and fold it back and forth. It should be like a paper fan or and accordion fold.
  2.  For smaller flowers, cut the folded tissue into two pieces each about 4 inches long. Put the two pieces on top of each other.
  3.  Use a piece of thread and tie it tightly in the middle.
  4.  Separate the layers of the tissue and fluff it into a flower shape.
        TIPS:
  1.  If you only have single ply facial tissue, stack two or three tissues on top of each other before starting step one.
  2.  Use colored tissue to make colorful flowers.
  3.  Use water color paint to create coloring; The coloring should be very watery to get blending ; use a paint brush to dab the paint on the edge of the tissue and let the water absorb to spread the color along the petals.
  4.  Use thicker paint to get the more defined colors. Use a paint and dab the paint where you want it.
  5.  If you don't have watercolor paint, try food coloring. Be careful as it could stain counters or work surfaces.

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DRYER SHEET FLOWERS
Materials:
Used or new dryer sheets, acrylic craft paints, green pipe cleaners, cologne or essential oil. Vase or jar is optional.

1.  Take two or three dryer sheets; fold them lengthwise in an in and out accordion style (just like you would for ANY paper flowers)
2.  Fold in half and slip the top of the pipe cleaner through, then twist the pipe cleaner tightly. The rest of the pipe cleaner becomes the flower stem.
3.  Pull the layers up and apart and watch a flower appear.
Optional: Add a few drops of perfume or essential oil if the dryer sheets are used or fragrance-free.
4.  Place a small amount of paint in a clean container/ tray; add some water. Gently brush the top edges of the flower.
5.  Repeat the painting in different colors.
6.  Several in a pretty jar or vase (which could be another project) would make a nice gift.

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FABRIC AND PIPE CLEANER FLOWERS
Need:
Large pipe cleaners in assorted colors, glue, scraps of fabric, scissors, florist or jewelry wire, pompons

1. Bend the pipe cleaners into flower petal shapes and twist the ends together leaving about 1" free.
2. Glue the pipe cleaner petals onto fabric; cut out each petal from the fabric.
3. With wire, wrap together the one inch ends of 5 petals, leaving a length of wrapping wire free to serve as stem.
4.  Trim with pompons.

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BUTTON FLOWERS
Materials Needed:
Cardstock paper or stiff paper
Scissors
Pipe cleaners
Buttons

  1. Cut out flowers from different colors of paper. Choose buttons that match your flowers.
  2. Center a button with the middle of your flower. Poke a pipe cleaner through your flower so that it comes up and through the first hole of your button, then poke it down through the next hole in the button and through your flower.
  3. Twist the short end of the pipe cleaner around the long end, directly under the flower and button.

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PAPER CUP FLOWERS

  1.  Give each child two paper baking cups and a sheet of paper; have them flatten their cups and glue them on their paper.
  2.  Next, give each child two more baking cups that are NOT flattened; glue them on top of the flattened ones. The flowers will resemble daffodils.
  3.  To complete the flowers, have children use green crayons or markers to draw on grass, stems, and leaves.

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TULIP CUPS

  1.  Have children make a tulip from construction paper.
  2.  Glue the cut-out of the tulip on the top of a tongue depressor.
  3.  Cut a slit in the bottom of a Styrofoam cup. The slit should be large enough for the tongue depressor to slide through.
  4.   Pull the tongue depressor down far enough so you cannot see the flower in the "pot".
  5.  Talk about how the flowers need sun and water to grow. As you talk about things that plants need, slowly push the tongue depressor up and the tulip will be "growing".

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EGG CARTON FLOWERS
You need:
Egg cartons (cardboard or foam)
Scissors
Glue
Green flexible straws or pipe cleaners 
Colored markers or paint 

Cut an individual cup from a carton. Trim the sides of the cup to form petals (the ends can be rounded or pointed). For a finishing touch, use a colored marker to accent the edges of the petals.

 

MAKE AN EGG CARTON TULIP

Cut an individual cup from a carton. Trim the sides of the cup to form petals (the ends can be rounded or pointed). For a finishing touch, use a colored marker to accent the edges of the petals.

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 MAKE AN EGG CARTON DAFODILL

1.  Start with 2 cups from egg carton.
2.   Prepare one as described for the tulip.
3.  Trim the second cup so that the edge is even & the sides are about an inch tall.
4.  Fit the short cup into the first & glue in place.
5.  Last, make a small slit in the bottom of each flower & insert the end of a straw or pipe cleaner for a stem. Now your flowers can be arranged in a vase.

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HANDPRINT FLOWERS

1.  Trace both of the child’s hands onto construction paper and have them cut them out.
2.  Paint a craft stick green.
3.  Curl the fingers of each hand onto a pencil forming the petals. Glue one hand to each side of the craft stick with the fingers curled outwards.
4.  Have the students decorate a white Styrofoam cup using markers or crayons. Stick a small ball of play dough into the bottom of each child’s cup. Stick the stem of the flower into the play dough to keep it upright.
5.  If you’d like, you can then stuff shredded green paper, Easter grass, dried grass, hay, or excelsior into the cup to cover the play dough.

You can also make a flower from one hand print as shown above. Form a cone shape using the palm of the handprint (making sure fingers curl outwards) Tape the cone together and then tape to straw. Draw leaves on green construction paper, cut out and tape to straw.

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FLOWERS FROM SCRUNCHIES AND PENCILS
You need: Pencil, Hair scrunchies, Craft foam leaves, Scissors,
Hole punch, Clay pot, Black beans

Remember those fluffy scrunchies (the material on a elastic band) that so many of us used to make our pony-tails? Collect all you can for this fun spring/summer craft or gift.
1.  For each flower, wrap 1 or 2 COLORFUL HAIR SCRUNCHIES around the top of a pencil.
2.  Cut out a pair of green craft foam leaves  (You can pre-make a template for children to trace)
3.  Lightly etch leaf vein lines in the foam with the tip of a toothpick.
4.  Using a hole punch, make a hole in the base of each leaf.
5.  Put the finished flowers in a clay pot filled with dried black beans.
6.  Tape over the pot hole if beans fall through.

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FLOWER BLOSSOM MASKS

1.  To make an inexpensive and colorful blossom mask cut out the center of a paper plate, leaving a hole large enough for the child’s face. If child is young, help   cut flower petals from colorful construction or tissue paper.
2.  Glue the petals around the rim to make a unique flower.
3.  Attach elastic thread to the back of the plate to finish the mask.

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HAND PRINT PHOTO BLOSSOM

This is a simple keepsake craft made from a child's photo, a child's hand print, and construction paper.
Supplies needed:
A piece of light-colored construction paper (white, pale blue, pale yellow, etc.) for the background
One piece of brightly-colored construction paper - for the flower petals
A photo of the child
Scissors
Glue
Green tempera paint
A brush (or just use your finger)
Pen or pencil
1. Cut a circle around the head of a picture of a child (This will be the center of the flower.
2. Cut a flower shape out of colorful construction paper. Make sure that the flower is a bigger than the round picture of the child, but small enough so that it will fit on the paper.
3. Glue the paper flower towards the top of a piece of paper.
4. Using green tempera paint, draw a stem for your flower.
5. Have child make two green hand prints near the base of the stem--- these are the flower's leaves.
6. Glue the picture of the child to the center of the flower.
7. Write the child's name and the date, on the paper. Parents will love this keepsake of their child!

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MAKE THE HANDPRINT TULIPS AS SHOWN!

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 STOP AND SMELL THE FLOWERS
Need: Baking cups/Cupcake holders, markers, glue, paper, cotton ball, cologne...

Directions:
1.  Have children make flowers by coloring baking cups with markers and gluing them on construction paper stems and leaves.
2.  Spray cotton balls with cologne or air freshener, and have the children glue a fragrant cotton ball to the center of each "blossom." When the flowers are dry, display them on the wall or a bulletin board and invite visitors to "stop and smell the flowers."

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SUNFLOWER SEED NECKLACES
Need:
  •  Sunflower seeds
  •  Nylon string
  •  Thin needle

What to do:
1. Once a sunflower head has gone to seed and started to dry, harvest the seeds to make a pretty necklace.
2. Thread a length of nylon string onto a thin needle and carefully push the seeds onto it, one by one. Push the needle through the fat end of the seed, from edge to edge. watch your fingers !
3. Tie 2 lengths of nylon to the ends of the necklace so that you can tie it around your neck. If you have the clasps from an old necklace, sew these to the ends of the string.

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PAPER PLATE SUNFLOWERS

Materials: Paper Plates, Construction Paper, Glue, Yellow Paint, Sunflower Seeds
1.  Have children cut out several yellow petals and paste on small paper plate previously painted yellow.
2.  Fill the centers with sunflower seeds.

You may also be interested in the 'SUNFLOWER THEME'...

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ENCASED DRIED OR SILK FLOWERS
You will need:
Baby Food Jars w/lids (cleaned)
Play dough or other type of clay
Various straw flowers or fake flowers in small sizes.

1.  Press a small amount of play dough onto the lids underside.
2.  Push flowers or other objects into the play dough; you can also put in miniature decorations if desired-- You can add as much as you want as long as you can still attach the lid back onto the jar.
3.  You also have the option of adding fake moss filler to the remainder of the exposed play dough.
4.  Leave the lid exposed to the air overnight so the play dough will dry out.
5.   In in the morning fasten the lid back on. (The jar stands upside down with the lid at the bottom...It will look like a enclosed vase with flowers.)

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FLOWER JARS

1.  Have children place small amounts of clay in baby food jar lids.
2.  Give them small dried or silk flowers to arrange in the clay.
3.  Screw the lids to the jars.
4.  Put the jar with the lid on the bottom---and tie a ribbon around the necks of the jars. They make nice gifts!

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LIVE BLOOMING NECKLACE
Materials Needed:
Film Container
Cotton Balls
Yarn
Flower or Vegetable Seeds
Screw Eye Hook

Instructions: This works great with the clear containers.
1. Put two-four cotton balls into the container.
2. Tuck in about a few seeds between the cotton balls and the outside of the container, so that you can see them. Large seeds work best. Peas, Cantaloupe, etc.
3. Add a few drops of water, just until cotton balls are damp, but not soaked and not enough to puddle water on bottom of container.
4. Use a screw-eye with a medium size eye on it and screw it through the center of the lid. Put the lid on the container tightly. 5. Braid three pieces of yarn long enough to go around the child's neck and slip over the head.
6. Thread yarn through the screw eye and tie in a circle.
7.  Kids like to wear these necklaces and watch the seeds sprout and grow inside the container. If you time this right, you can plant them into starter pots when they get too big for the container, or outside into the garden.

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MAKE A DANDELION NECKLACE OR CROWN

Remove dandelions from the lawn. Pick those with long, thick stems.
Attach them by tying one stem in a knot high up near the flower of another dandelion, and so on until reaching the desired length.
TIP: Remind children that their new necklaces/crowns are made of weeds and will wilt in a day or two, but they can always make a fresh one.

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CEREAL FLOWERS
Paper Plate, Green Construction Paper Glue, Green Pipe Cleaners

1.  Paste colorful cereals on paper plates in the shape of flowers.
2.  Add pipe cleaner stem and leaves cut out of construction paper.

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LILACS STEMS

1.  Cut purple and lavender tissue paper into 2-inch squares.
2.  Have children make "lilac blossoms" by twisting one tissue square at a time around the eraser end of a pencil.
3.  Use cotton swabs to glue the blossoms to craft sticks.
4.  It will take 4-5 blossoms per-side to cover top part of "stem".

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MAKE A FIELD OF DANDELIONS
What You Need:
Yellow and Brown Construction Paper
Glue
Scissors
Paint or Markers

1.  Cut two yellow circles (one about an inch smaller than the other.
2.  Next cut a brown circle (about half the size of the largest yellow circle)
3.  Glue the circles from largest to smallest.
4.  Use scissors to fringe the yellow circles (causing them to look like dandelions)
5.  For added fun, make stems for the flowers --- the same height as the children. Great on a Wall!

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FLOWER ART IDEAS

FLOWER CHILD
Use kids-safe face paint to draw a flower on the cheek of each child...

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Three PUSSY WILLOW ART IDEAS...

PUSSY WILLOW ART WITH PUFFED CEREAL
Need: Any color construction paper, puffed rice cereal, glue, and markers.
1.  Draw several branches on drawing or construction paper. Glue on puffed rice cereal for pussy willow blossoms.
2.  It would be nice if you could put a couple branches in a vase as a "still life" for the children to use as a guide.
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PUSSY WILLOW THUMB PRINT ART
To make Pussy Willows you need:
White tempera paint
Dark construction paper
Markers
1.  Draw a branch on a piece of dark construction paper. 
2. Give children a small container of white paint. Have them dip one finger into the paint and make a print on the branch.
3.  Have them repeat this process until her branches resemble white pussy willows.
4.  Vary this activity by using light colored construction paper and pink paint to make cherry blossoms.

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PUSSY WILLOW ART (WITH PAINT)
Need: Any color construction paper, White Paint, Q-tip, makers.
1.  Draw several branches on drawing or construction paper.
2.  Paint pussy willow blossoms with a cotton swab and white paint.
3.  It would be nice if you could put a couple branches in a vase as a "still life" for the children to use as a guide.
4.  When each child has drawn their vase and colored it--a typical drawing/painting would be for them to take brown paint and paint the long stems coming out of the vase. Yellow paint would be dotted on for the flowers. They'll be both colorful and beautiful.
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FOOT FLOWERS
You Need: Paint, Paper

Paint the bottom of the children's feet and have them put it down on paper. They can then add a stem and leaves... and decorate as they choose. Be sure to keep water and rags/paper towel nearby!

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KOOSH BALL DANDELIONS
Need: Construction Paper; Green Marker; Miniature Koosh Balls and Yellow liquid tempera Paint

Directions:
Have children draw stems on the paper, then have them dip the mini koosh ball in the paint and lightly press the koosh ball at the top of the stem. They'll have a field of dandelions!

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POPCORN CHERRY BLOSSOMS!

Put POPPED popcorn and pink powdered tempera paint in a baggie and shake. It makes great cherry blossoms for an  art project! They look real.

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PUFFY POPCORN FLOWERS
Materials: Popped Popcorn, Powder Tempera Paint (any colors), Green Construction Paper, Glue, Cardboard

1.  Put handfuls of popped popcorn in plastic bag and add powdered tempera paint to each one.
2.  Shake well to distribute paint all over the popcorn.
3.  Cut stems and leaves out of green construction paper and glue them to cardboard.
4.  Glue on the colored popcorn to make flowers.

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SODA BOTTLE FLOWER PRINTS
Need: Plastic soda bottle, paint, paper, paint brushes.

The children can create their own flower prints by painting with the bottom of soda bottles!

1.  Dip the soda bottle into a shallow pan of paint.
2.  Press  it onto a piece of paper.
3.  Make a stem and leaves using a paint brush.

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FLOWER LEAF PRESS NOTE CARDS OR PICTURES
Type of Activity: Nature Art
Materials needed:
Old phone book, Collection of colorful leaves, grasses, flowers, herbs,
Craft glue, Plain note cards/postcards/watercolor paper.

1.  Take a nature walk on a clear, dry day. Collect any attractive flowers, leaves, grasses, and herbs.
2.  Separate each stalk or blossom. Place each one separately between the pages of the phone book, spacing them well apart from each other.
3.  Place the phone book in a cool, dry place for a week to ten days. Your leaves will then be totally dry and ready for use.
4.  Carefully apply craft glue, just a dab, to the back of the dried leaf or flower.
5.  Center it on a note card for a single design or place several as a collage on a sheet of watercolor paper, which can later be framed.
6.  Your leaf press can be used over and over again. Flowers can be stored in them for several months.

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DID YOU KNOW?
In Victorian times people planted decorative gardens and often preserved their herbs and flowers in a leaf press. Certain flowers were thought to have specific qualities: Example:

Rosemary for remembrance......Roses for undying love

  • Pink=Friendship
  • Red=Passioate Love
  • Red and White=Unity
  • White= Purity
  • Yellow=Zelous
  • Lavender for devotion.
  • Oak leaves for strength
  • Pansy is loving thoughts
  • Sunflower for adoration 
  • Zinia for thought of friends

A notecard that used the fragrant language of flowers conveyed more than words.

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QUEEN ANN'S LACE FLOWER ART
Materials: Several stalks of Queen Anne's Lace, red, yellow and white paint, dark paper.

Pour paint into shallow containers. Have the children dip the Queen Anne's Lace blossoms into paint and lightly dab them on their papers.
The finished products resemble brilliant fireworks displays.

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FLOWER PRINTING
Besides a picture, this also makes very nice wrapping paper...
Materials: Paper, Liquid tempera, Flowers (fresh), Shallow pans (pie
tin or cake pan)

1. Give each child a piece of paper.
2. Make three or four different colors of paint. Put into shallow pans.
3. Let child gently dip a flower into paint.
4. Gently blot flower on paper.
5. Repeat and repeat to see the light effect.

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WHEN THE FORSYTHIA BEGIN TO BLOOM--Go outside and pick a few branches.

1.  Put them in a vase of water; have the children paint a still life of the vase and flowers--
2.  The arrangement is to be used as a "model'. The children can interpret the vase and flowers anyway they choose.
3.  When each child has drawn their vase and colored it--a typical drawing/painting would be for them to take brown paint and paint the long stems coming out of the vase.
4.  Yellow paint would be dotted on for the flowers. They'll be both colorful and beautiful.

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FLOWER AND GARDEN THEMED GAMES...

THE  'FLOWER GARDEN' GAME (This could also be called Zoo, Ocean, Circus, Barnyard or Outer Space. If you are having a different "Theme"--Just change the names to go with the theme...)

Depending how many children you have--form teams. You can have anywhere from 3 Teams and up!
Teams are in their groups and one end of the gym or field.

Players in teams have designated names for Spring Flowers: TULIPS, LILY OF THE VALLEY, PHLOX, VINCA, and DAFFODIL, LILACS, PANSY

FOR Summer Flowers: ROSE, BEGONIA, MARIGOLD, LILY, etc. 

  • Two or three persons are "It" in the middle of the room.
  • "It" calls out the names of the flower (Example - tulip)
  • All tulips must run to the garden at the opposite end of the room without being caught.
  • When "GARDEN" is called, everyone must run to the opposite end.
  • Penalty for being caught is to run all around the garden (A LAP OF THE GYM) once--- and then they can come back in the game!
  • (Remember to change the "it" people)

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PLAY STICK THE BEE ON THE FLOWER... Play this just like "Pin the Tail on the Donkey".
1.  Before the game, draw/paint a simple daisy or other flower on poster board.
2.  Make some bees, ladybugs or butterflies with paper or craft foam. Write the children's names on each BEE and add double stick tape for playing.
Alternative Game: Play  PUT THE PETAL ON THE FLOWER just like Pin the Tail on the Donkey .
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GARDENING RELAY RACE
You'll Need:
Small children’s watering cans
2 Buckets of water
Small plastic glasses
How to Play:

  • Divide the guests into two teams and have them form two lines.
  • Place a bucket of water at the front of each line and an empty watering can about ten feet away.
  • Give each player an empty plastic glass.
  • When you say, "Go!" the players at the front of each line must fill their glasses with water by dipping them in their bucket.

They must then run to the empty watering can and pour their glass of water inside, then run back and tag the next team member. The child who is next in line should have their glass filled with water and be ready to run. Continue the race until one team completely fills their watering can. The first team to fill its watering can to the rim with water wins.
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FLOWERPOT TOSS
Need:
1.  Three empty flowerpots
2.  Plastic toys or stuffed animals in bug shapes.
3.  Another option is to use colored baby socksa nd  fill them with dry beans and tie them closed with a piece of ribbon. Choose red socks as ladybugs, green socks as grasshoppers, and yellow socks as bees.
4.  Green construction paper
5.  Sidewalk chalk (optional if the game is to be played outdoors)

  • Cut a large leaf shape from the green construction paper. It should be
    large enough for a child to stand on with both feet. If necessary, cut two
    leaves and staple them together at the base.
  • If playing the game outdoors, use sidewalk chalk to draw a flower shape on the driveway with three stems of differing lengths.
  • Place a flowerpot at the top of each stem to represent the flower, and place the paper leaf at the very bottom.
  • Have each child take a turn standing on the leaf and tossing the bugs into the flowerpots.
  • Award one point for landing in the closest pot, two points or the middle pot, and three points for the farthest pot.
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WHEEL BARROW RACE WITH BALLS 
What You'll Need:
Two small wheel barrows (can also use wagons)
Several balls for each wheel barrow, such as beach balls, soccer balls, or basketballs.
.....Use masking tape to mark the start and finish lines for the races.
.....For children under five years old, make the distance fairly short. For children six to ten, make the race twenty-five feet or more.

1. Divide the guests into two teams and have them form two lines. Place a wheel barrow (or wagon) filled with a few balls at the front of each line. (Or a person as in the photograph)

2. When you say, "Go!" the players at the front of each line must grab the handles of their wheel barrows and race to the line you have marked, turn around, and race back.

3. If any balls fall out of their wheel barrow, they must stop and retrieve them.

4. When they get back to the starting line, the next team member grabs the wheel barrow and starts running.

  • Continue the race until every member of both teams has crossed the finish line.

There is also the traditional wheel barrow race. See photo!

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WHAT AM I? 
This is a FLOWER GUESSING GAME...
1.  Tape seed packet pictures to the back of each child.
2.  You could also just write the names of flowers to tape on the backs.
3.  Clues are given from the other players to guess which flower they are.

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BEES IN THE GARDEN
Need:
A Large Piece of White Poster Board
A Black Marker
Any Colored Marker (optional)
Scissors or an X-Acto Knife
At Least 3 Plastic Yellow Easter Eggs
1.  Draw a flower shape on the large piece of poster board.
2.  If this game is being played by younger children, make sure the center of the flower is about 7" - 8" in diameter. If  youth are older, make the center smaller (i.e. no smaller than 5" in diameter).
3.  Cut the center out of the flower.
4.  Color or paint the flower petals.
5.  Attach the flower to a stake or stick that can be placed in the ground.
6.  Make the three "bees" by drawing black stripes and antennae on plastic yellow Easter eggs.

TO PLAY: Place your flower in the ground, and draw a line about 6 feet in front of it. Line children up behind the line. Let each child try to toss each "bee" through the center of the flower. Tip: For older children, place a marble or other small object inside each egg to make it harder to throw a straight line.

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DIRT SHOVELING RELAY

Use a child-safe shovel to carry dirt from a pile to a bucket. First team to fill the bucket wins!


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CATERPILLAR IN THE GARDEN

1.  Divide players into two teams.
2.  Line the children up in two columns, one child behind the other, at the start line.
3.  Have each child put his or her hands on the waist of the child in front of them, forming a "caterpillar."
4,  When you say, "Wiggle!" each team must run, staying connected, to the finish line.
5.  If a team becomes disconnected, they must stop and reconnect before continuing.
6.  The first team to the finish line wins.

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Idea: Instead of "Simon Says" play "THE FLORIST (Or Gardener) SAYS"...

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Have fun with FLOWER JOKES (Click here) Flower jokes are the second group from top.

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FLOWER~GARDEN THEMED SNACKS

Make a FLOWER POT CAKE

1. Bake enough cake mixes to accommodate number of kids and regular pans.
2. Let  cakes cool and cut into approximately two-inch cubes.
3. Purchase a very large terra-cotta pot. Wash it well and dry it. Line the bottom with foil to cover the hole.
4. Fill the pot about half way with cake cubes. Spoon a layer of pudding onto it. Sprinkle with gummy worms.
5. Add the remaining cake cubes. Cover with chocolate whipped cream. 6. Sprinkle with chocolate cookie crumbs or chocolate chips. Add a few more gummy worms on top.
7. Decorate with chocolate flowers on popsicle sticks---or lay chocolate or candy flowers on top.
8. Scoop it out for guests with a brand new, washed gardening trough

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• Make a GARDEN CAKE ...

The basics would be with  green frosting and adding some rock candies, chocolate cookie crumbs and small silk or frosting flowers. French butter cookies could also be lined up aound the edge of the cake for a fence.

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A FLOWER SNACK: 

Soften a large package of cream cheese and ¾ pound of shredded American cheese. Mix together. Let each child arrange five round shaped crackers on a paper plate. Then they can surround the round cheese ball with the crackers to make a flower! 

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OTHER SNACK IDEAS!

Serve punch from a NEW clean watering can. Make sure the watering cans have narrow spouts-- and not sprinkle spouts.

Place chips and dips in baskets and clean flower pots.

Eat sunflower, pumpkin or other types of edible seeds.

Make Gelatin jigglers in colorful colors and cut with butterfly and flower shaped cookie cutters...

Cheetos can be called “worms.”

Serve Pepperidge Farm Butterfly Cookies and Crackers.

Cut sandwiches with a flower cookie cutter.

Cover pretzel sticks with peanut butter and dot them with raisins. They make great "ants on a log."

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 This was made to be the sun but looks like a FLOWER!

Slice some oranges and strawberries! It's that easy...Kids can build on this healthy snack and add blueberries, banana slices, raisins or dried cranberries for facial features! (Idea and photo by KidActivities)

 

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Be sure to check out the Garden/Gardening Theme. There are many ideas and activities that compliment this 'Flower Theme'...

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PLANT A GARDEN TO ATTRACT BUTTERFLIES! A list of plants that attract adult butterflies:

  • Aster
  • Blanket Flower
  • Day-lily
  • Phlox
  • Sunflower
  • Verbena
  • Black-eyed Susan
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Milkweed

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CARNATION SCIENCE

 Add a little science experiment for your 'Flower Theme"! It  will amaze younger children.

1.  Get a white carnation.
2.  Leave it out of water to 1 - 2 hours until it starts to wilt a bit.
2.  Cut 1" from the stem.
3.  Place carnation in colored water made by adding  food coloring to water.
4.  Cover 6" of stem with water. Keep it in the colored water more than 24 hours...
5.  Observe what happens to the carnation. The longer it sits in the water--the deeper the color!

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Sunflower Theme Ideas

May 27, 2010 00:37 by Barbara Shelby

 

What is fall and late summer without sunflowers?! Below are some activities to brighten up your program and late summer and autumn days!

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ART & CRAFTS

 

START WITH A SUNFLOWER SEED 

  • Glue a sunflower seed (or any kind of seed) onto paper.
  • Next paint an imaginary plant with the roots growing FROM the seed UNDERGROUND........and paint the leaves, and flowers or fruit of the plant above the ground level.
  • Match the drawing of the flower/fruit to the kind of seed you have "planted."

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SUNFLOWER MASKS

  • Cut the centers out of paper plates.
  • Have children make and glue yellow paper petal shapes around the plate rims--- to create "sunflower masks."
  • Staple a jumbo craft stick handle to the bottom of each mask.
  • Have  children hold their masks so that their faces show through the open centers.

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Sunflower Necklace 
Need:
  •Sunflower seeds
  •Nylon string
  •Thin needle

 
What to do:
1. Once a sunflower head has gone to seed and started to dry, harvest the seeds to make a pretty necklace.
2. Thread a length of nylon string onto a thin needle and carefully push the seeds onto it, one by one. Push the needle through the fat end of the seed, from edge to edge. watch your fingers !
3. Tie 2 lengths of nylon to the ends of the necklace so that you can tie it around your neck. If you have the clasps from an old necklace, sew these to the ends of the string.


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PAPER PLATE SUNFLOWERS
Need:
Paper Plates, Construction Paper, Glue, Yellow Paint, Sunflower Seeds
Have children cut out several yellow petals and paste on small paper plate previously painted yellow. Fill the centers with sunflower seeds.

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SUNFLOWER CLAY POT WINDCHIMES
Materials :
5 mini, 2 1/2" clay pots
Yellow, green and brown acrylic paint
10 round wooden beads 
10 yd. spool of plastic cord
Paintbrush
Scissors
Packet of sunflower seeds

  
Directions:
1. Paint the sunflower designs on the pots first before assembling and let dry.

2. Cord must be at least 3 times the length of the 5 clay pots.  This will allow enough cord to make knots when attaching the pots to one another.

3. Fold cord in half and tie a knot leaving the loop long enough for the hanger.  Thread the two ends of the cord through a large bead.  Beads must be large enough so that they will not fit through the hole in the bottom of the clay pot.

4. Thread the ends of the cord through the upside down clay pot that you want to be on the top.  The top pot is the most decorated, with painted sunflowers.

5. Thread another bead on, inside the pot.  This will secure the pot.  Tie the cord at least five times after the bead.  (Beads and knots become the spacers, to keep the pots apart.)

6. Repeat step 5 until all pots are threaded together. Be sure to knot cord sufficiently to keep them in place and separated on the cord.

7. After all five pots are attached, end it by threading on the packet of sunflower seeds.  You will need to punch a hole in the packet first.  Tie a knot in the cord, allowing enough space so that the seed packet when attached will be able to blow in the wind.  Thread on the seed packet and tie a bow. (Source: Kansas City Library)

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MAKE SUNFLOWER STICK PUPPETS

  • Paint small paper plates yellow.
  • Cut triangle shapes out of the plate rims--- all along circular edge. This will give the "sunflower look"...
  • Paint craft sticks green; glue or tape them to the back of the plate.
  • You can either glue sunflower seeds in the middle...or have the kids draw/paint eyes, nose, moth, etc., to make sunflower faces for their stick puppets!

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ART with VAN GOGH (Oil pastels)

Also see bottom of page Van Gogh Bulletin Board/Display Idea

You can't think of a sunflower without thinking of Vincent Van Gogh's famous Sunflower series  and his impressionist style.

  • Purchase a big and beautiful sunflower for the kids to do a still life. Show them examples of the artists' work, so they have a grasp of what the artist is about. There are many Van Gogh books and poster to be found.
  • Set the still life with the giant sunflower in a plain vase. Use  9 X12 drawing  drawing paper; instruct children to lightly pencil sketch the still life. When they are ready to start coloring, encourage them to use a little bit of pressure, to release the oil pastel's  color.
  • Always allow children to adapt art to their own unique vision! Encourge them to be creative with their vases, so they don't come out the same. As a final touch, have each sign their vase, just like Van Gogh did. The sunflower paintings were made by third grade children.

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*Idea: CREATE MOSAICS with sunflower seeds.
You can arrange sunflower seeds in patterns and glue to cardstock to make cards and other crafts.
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SUNFLOWER PUZZLE PIN

by Ms. Brenda

Supplies:
1 Puzzle piece approximately 2" x 3"
Black acrylic paint
Paintbrush
Scissors
Picture of a sunflower
White craft glue
3 Sunflower seeds
Hot glue gun and glue stick
Clear glossy acrylic sealer with or without gold glitter
1 - 1" pin back fastener
 
Directions:
This is a great way to recycle an old puzzle.
Find your puzzle piece and paint the front with black acrylic paint. Let it dry thoroughly.
Select a picture of a sunflower that will fit nicely on the puzzle piece. A picture may be found in an old magazine, seed packets, greeting card, stationery, stickers, etc.

Cut out and glue the picture on the puzzle piece using the white craft glue. With the hot glue gun attach the 3 sunflower seeds to the puzzle piece. Let it dry thoroughly.
 
Apply the acrylic sealer to the entire pin coating the flower and the sunflower seeds. Let this dry thoroughly.
Turn the puzzle piece over and hot glue the pin fastener to the back.
Source: Kansas Public Library

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SCIENCE

HANG SUNFLOWERS IN A BIRD FEEDER for the birds. A lot of birds such as blue jays and gold finches love sunflowers and will thank you with their presence if you put out some for them.

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KEEP SUNFLOWER SEEDS TO PLANT NEXT YEAR
Store the sunflowers in a dry cool place (such as a seed saver or plastic baggie). Make sure the sunflower seeds are completely dry before storing to be sure no mold grows on the seeds.

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PLANTING SUNFLOWERS
Celebrate sunflowers by planting several varieties and sizes.
Cut up seed catalogs to visually plan the garden.
Turn the  garden into a bird-feeding haven for the fall. Add a bird bath, bird ornaments, and birdhouses.

FYI: In a warm temperate climate sunflowers grow from seed to flowering stage in about three months and another six weeks until the seeds mature in the flower head. This relates to the giant flowering types-some of the smaller varieties are quicker to mature.

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ROASTING SUNFLOWER SEEDS

Sunflower seeds are fun to pick off the heads and roast in the oven for a quick snack. It will take a little over three months to get sunflower seeds. You can harvest the sunflower seeds when the middle of the flower starts to turn brown. You have a couple options at this point. You can either fight wildlife and leave the seeds to dry naturally on the stalk or cut the head, keeping about six inches of stem, and hang it up somewhere safe to dry. Put a piece of pantyhose or a bag on the head to catch any drying seeds that might fall out.

Once you have the seeds, you can roast them.
Preheat an oven to about 300 degrees. Lay out the seeds on a cookie sheet. Make sure they are evenly spaced for better roasting. You can add salt, pepper and other herbs to taste, but it's not necessary. Add a little cooking oil if you want to get them browned quicker. Olive oil works well because it will not brown them as fast and tastes good with the sunflower seeds' naturally nutty flavor.

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SNACKS

A SUNFLOWER SNACK
Ingredients:
Small paper plates
Peanut butter
Sunflower seeds,  chocolate chips or raisins
Mandarin Orange slices
Bread slices

  • On a small plate, take a round of bread and spread it with peanut butter; this makes the sunflower center.
  • Have  children sprinkle on sunflower kernels in the very center. (You could also use raisins or chocolate chips to resemble the seeds)
  • Last have children place mandarin orange slices around the sunflower centers for petals.

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 STUFFED APPLE SUNFLOWER Seed Snack
Ingredients:
1 apple
2 1/2 teaspoons sunflower seeds
1/2 teaspoon flax seeds (optional)
2 Tablespoons raisins
Dusting of ground cinnamon (to taste)
1 Tablespoon orange juice concentrate (thawed)
Peanut butter (to coat)

  • Wash apple. With a sharp paring knife, cut the top off horizontally (so that it makes a lid). Hollow out the apple, and keep all pieces that do not have core or seeds.
  • Cut all the usable apple (from the hollow process) into small pieces. Put them into a small bowl.
  • Mix in the sunflower seeds, flax seeds, and raisins. Dust with cinnamon to taste. Add the orange juice concentrate, mix well.
  • Next, coat the inside walls and bottom of the apple with peanut butter. Spread some peanut butter over the inside of the "lid" as well.
  • Stuff the apple with the filling mixture and then cover with the lid. It may not all fit back into the apple
    You can either eat your stuffed apple right away or keep it in an airtight container or baggy and eat later. It does not require refrigeration if eaten within 12 hours. These would also be delicious baked…

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FYI: DID YOU KNOW...
Sunflower seeds are packed with polyunsaturated fats, essential linoleic acid, and vitamin E, all of which are heart healthy. Sunflower seeds also contain zinc and potassium!

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MAKE SUNFLOWER SHAPED COOKIES or CUPCAKES

 

1. Buy or make your favorite round cookies/cupcakes.
2. Frost your cookies with yellow frosting/icing. (KidActivities sample used white but it still looks good!)
3. Add candy corns (pointing outward) around the edge of the cookies or cupcakes.This will create the petals of the sunflowers.
4. Last, put chocolate chips in the center for the sunflower seeds.

The image shown are 'Sunflowers' made using cupcakes. (Made by KidActivities.net)

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 CHOCOLATE COVERED SUNFLOWER SEEDS (These come from the Josolyn House B&B in Little Rock, Arkansas and are said to be very good; guests rarely guesing sun flower seeds are the main ingredient!) 

Ingredients:
Chocolate-flavored bark coating (Package containing 12 squares)
1/2 cup Roasted sunflower seeds
Directions:

  • Melt 2 squares of chocolate in microwave oven.
  • Stir in 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds. (Consistency should be that of a cookie, only you don't want these flat.)
  • Drop in dollops onto wax paper. Let chocolate set up for approximately 20 minutes.
    Makes: 6 to 7 (medium size). Preparation time: 3 minutes. Set-up time: 20 minutes.
  • Tip: Chocolate coved sunflower seeds can also be purchased on stores and are great in may recipes including muffins!

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MAKE A SUNFLOWER CAKE!
Ingredients:
1 round cake
Yellow frosing
Twinkies
Chocolate hershey kisses candy

1.Bake 9" round cake.
2. Frost the cake yellow and place it in the center of a serving dish. Put mini Hershey Kisses or other roundish chocolate candy on top. These are the "sunflower seeds." Start in the center and work in circles to the outer edge.

Frost about 16 Twinkies (yellow)-- and place them along the outer edge of the cake for "petals."

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SUNFLOWER PITA POCKETS
 
1. Mix toether cream cheese, raisins, grated carrots, and raw sunflower seeds.
2. Spread the cream cheese mixture inside half of a small pita.
You could also first spread the cream cheese in the half-pocket --and then add the other food items as desired.

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GAMES

HARVEST DASH (OUTSIDE GAME)
Set up a fall relay with the kids. Fill large containers with SUNFLOWER SEED bird feed. Have smaller, clear containers at the opposite end.

  • Kids fill up a cup with seed and race to dump it into the empty container. They sprint back to the start and hand-off the cup to the teammates. Goal of the race is to be the first team to fill up the small container with the seeds.
  • As an extra challenge, give the kids an over-sized soup ladle instead of a cup. Don't worry if the seeds spill; that's part of the fun! The birds will easily find them later.
    Tips: Try a dollar store for inexpensive clear containers. They usually stock plastic ones in apple or pumpkin shapes in the fall.
    Popcorn or candy corn also can be used in place of seed.

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PLAY MUSICAL SUNFLOWERS (A version of musical chairs)

Make pictures of sunflowers out of construction paper. Also make a picture of a bug out of construction paper. (To be able to use game props more than one time--laminate all pictures.)

1. Just as in musical chairs, place the pictures in a circle. Each child stands on a picture. When the music stops, the child standing on the insect/bug is out.
2. As each child is out-- remove a sunflower from the circle-- until one child is left standing on a sunflower.

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MISCELLANEOUS

*Guess the closest number of seeds in a live sunflower. The number can exceed 1000! Just put out the sunflower head---and pieces of paper and pencils. The children guess and---the closest is the winner!

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*Idea: If you have very young children and use a SENSORY TABLE---you can fill it with unshelled sunflower seeds. Provide measuring cups, spoons, pie tins, etc....

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 SUNFLOWER ART DISPLAY BOARD

For this bulletin board/display-- paintings, collage and color mixing work were based around the theme of Van Gogh's Sunflowers. Photograph by Mrs. P on Display Photos

 

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BULLETIN BOARD IDEA...
SUNFLOWER CHILDREN

1. Have each child make a sunflower. Cut out a circle out of brown construction paper. Cut long petal strips out of yellow paper.  
2. Glue one end of each strip to the back of the brown circle.
Wait until the glue dries a bit and then pull the other edge of the paper strip and glue it down on the circle.
3. Cut leaves and stem out of green paper and glue on.
4. In the middle of the sunflower write the child's name out; around it glue down a few sunflower seeds.
Display the sunflowers on the bulletin board and in the middle place the the following poem. (Idea from
CanTeach)

The sunflower children
Nod to the sun.
Summer is over,
Fall has begun!

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KidActivities would like to include more with 'Sunflowers'--If you have an idea, please share via the 'Contact Page'! Thank you, Barb

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