With spring in full force, kids will enjoy getting creative with re-purposed materials and making their own flowers bloom.
This is what you’ll need:
- Empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls
- White glue
- Small, disposable container or cup, like an applesauce cup
- Egg cartons (can be plastic, cardboard, or Styrofoam)
- Tissue paper or colored paper napkins (we used green for the stems and a variety of colors for the flowers)
- Wooden craft sticks
- Scissors or sharp knife (Parents only!)
Step 1 – Prep the Project
Parents can do this step ahead of time, or older kids can help with the cutting. Cut colored tissue paper into 4-inch squares. Cut the green tissue paper into 2-inch squares. The egg cartons should be cut apart into individual cups. Kids can access the glue more easily and neatly if it’s squeezed into the small cup/container.
Connect: If younger kids are more excited about the tissue paper squares than anything else, that’s OK. Let kids enjoy the sensory experience of digging through the lightweight tissue paper, throwing it in the air, crumpling it, and sorting it.
Step 2 – Cover the Cardboard Tube
Connect: Some kids shy away from the sticky feeling of glue. You may need to let your child paint the glue on, but help him or her add the tissue paper. If your child is enjoying this step, resist the urge to interfere. It’s OK if your child gets more tissue paper on him or herself than on the cardboard tube or if the tube is not completely covered.
Step 3 – Make the Flowers
Help your child squeeze glue into an egg carton cup. Drape a square of tissue paper over the cup and poke the center down into the glue. Add more glue and repeat the process until you have a colorful flower. Children can roll a piece of tissue paper into a ball and glue it to the middle to create the flower’s center. A craft stick can be added to the bottom of the egg carton cup (just poke it in) to create a stem. Rest the flowers in the paper tube you created in step 2.
Connect: Allow your child to squeeze as much glue as he or she wants into the egg carton cup. Giving your child control over the material will help him or her learn how much to use.
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