Paper plates like these 9 inch, white plates found on Amazon. We go for the cheap, thin kind from our grocery or dollar store. In a pinch, you can recycle a piece of cardboard or a shoebox lid for a base.
Egg cartons cut into single egg cups. Any kind you have around, such as paper egg cartons like these or styrofoam will do. Adults, prepare these before hand using strong scissors.
Optional - Glitter found here for a sparkly effect. You'll want to use your clear glue (noted above) with your glitter.
Skilly-spark: Talk with your child about spring flowers, their colors, shapes and details. Ask them to think about which flowers they would like to create. Maybe you can go for a quick, inspiring walk to to see the blooms living outside your door!
After you’ve gathered your materials, take a moment look and explore how they can become part of a flower.
Using a paper plate for a base, show your child how to glue cupcake liners as one type of flower.
Then, demonstrate how egg carton cups can be used as another type of flower.
Crumpled pieces of tissue paper can create another type of flower-- or can be made into petals or blossom decorations.
Stems, leaves and grass can be drawn on their garden’s paper-plate base with markers or crayons.
Need more? Buttons, bits of left-over fabric and trim, markers or crayons can be used to add even more details to the flowers.
Let your child's imagination run wild until the activity comes to it’s natural end.
Keep the fun going
Use colored paper plates to quickly create different flower-friendly environments. Blue plates can become lily ponds, green plates can be a local park, yellow plates could be a beach ...
Next time, encourage your kids create anything they can imagine with these materials. What other things can they see and make?
Transform your child’s Paper Lilypad into a springtime wreath or use as a centerpiece for your next garden-themed party-- real or pretend!