Skilly-spark:Start by giving your child the egg carton top. Challenge your child’s imagination by asking them to see lovely flowers in their mind. Take time to discuss their flowers’ many colors, shapes and sizes.
Now that your child can see their garden grow, have them cut or tear construction paper into flower shapes, petals, or any other kind of shapes they want.
Fun details such as dots and color can be added to their shapes with crayons and/or markers.
If you’re using glitter, first use a brush to apply clear glue to the shapes. Then sprinkle with glitter. Note that drying time will delay the garden's planting for an hour or two.
Now, to create a stem, poke the shape in the center with one end of a toothpick or pipe cleaner. Then “plant” the flower by sticking other toothpick end into the carton. Note that cardboard is tougher to prick than styrofoam. Let your child do this and provide help as necessary.
If your child wants to fill in the spaces between their flowers, they can poke in additional toothpicks, pipe cleaners or twigs.