Recycled Flower Art

Easy Cut & Paste Flowers

Aflower 014

This craft was fast which was perfect for our day. Sometimes my son is all over the place, and a quick sit down activity like this will center him enough that we can go one to something less fun ( like errands) without a fuss.  I love using things in my recycle pile and today I had the fall parks and rec brochure that was begging to be turned into art. If you don’t have buttons, pom poms, or even just colored paper could be substituted in their place.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of construction paper , some newsprint, buttons, glue, scissors and a marker. I originally was going to have my son use the markers to color the flowers but he had no interests and I am glad he didn’t I liked how they turned out better! Aflower 001
  2. Start by drawing a flower on the newsprint. If your child is able and willing, have them do this step.Aflower 002
  3. Cut out
  4. Cut out some stems and leavesAflower 003
  5. Add glue to where you want the flowers to be. Aflower 005
  6. Add your flowers.Aflower 007
  7. Add glue to the middleAflower 010
  8. Add your buttons. Aflower 011
  9. Add glue for the stem and leavesAflower 008
  10. Add the stem and let dry.Aflower 009
  11. Add glue for the leaves.Aflower 012
  12. Add the leaves. Aflower 013
  13. Share these flowers with someone special- they last longer than real ones.

Song

Feeling musical? Click here to see our “Daisy Song” video with lyrics.

Books

A Gardeners Alphabet

” A Gardener’s Alphabet” by Mary Azarian is a fresh and so richly illustrated alphabet book you will likely have the same thoughts I did while reading it with my son ” I need to frame these pages!” they are that awesome. What I think the main benefit of this book is , is that the words chosen for each letter are not the same old ones you see over and over in alphabet books. The words used are things like Japanese Garden for J, Lawn Ornaments for L and my favorite was Underground for U with a cool illustrations of worms, root vegetables and roots !

“Planting A Rainbow” by Lois Elhert is a wonderful book to use for teaching about flowers and colors. The illustrations are bold and bright, perfect for little curious minds. I have always liked this book because you can sit down and dive into it reading each flowers name on every page , or browse it more casually with a younger child simply noting the colors.

chrysanthemum

“Chrysanthemum” by Kevin Henkes is a lovely book about having confidence, loosing confidence and regaining it in the end. Chrysanthemum is a little mouse who loves her name until she goes to school and is picked on for it being out of the ordinary. Who can’t relate to this? I know I can . Thankfully my son  has yet to experience this all too common, but still so heartbreaking experience . I love that I have a book like this to share with him and open up about it before it happens. Ultimately Chrysanthemum learns to love her name again and regains the confidence she once had. Another fantastic book from a consistently wonderful author.

Comments

  1. Angell says

    Hi Allie,

    I have a weird question to ask you….you don’t have any plans in the future of getting rid of your blog right?

    The reason I’m asking, is because I absolutely love your blog, and I will be begin homeschooling my son (Kindergarden) Sept 2010. I plan on using your projects/crafts almost daily. But I have a hidden fear that this blog won’t be here then, and I want to print everything off but there is just soooo much.

    Can you calm my irrational fears for me please and let me know that you aren’t going anywhere? LOL!!!

    • admin says

      Have no fear! I do not plan on going anywhere! I have some long term goals for this blog and none of them include taking it down :)

  2. GrandmaV says

    Just love the garden alphabet books! Do you have any activities or advice for Grandmas who want to do garden projects with toddler/pre-schoolers?

    • admin says

      Mom I thought about you when I was reading that book, you would love the pictures they look almost like Tiffany lampshades which I know you love. My advice keep doing what you are doing, your grandson still talks about “weeding” with you and the bucket. I just told him I was writing you and I asked him what he likes doing and he said ” To pick weeds with Grandma.” Maybe next time you can play eye spy with colors in your garden since there are so many to choose from.

  3. says

    I just found your website and I want to say thank you. I love the easy fun projects. I am having the time of my life with my twin boys, and we are always looking for fun ways to learn and grow. I love love love you blog.

  4. Angell says

    Glad to hear that you aren’t going anywhere!!! I won’t worry then lol!!!

    can’t wait to see what you’re going to put up around the holidays (halloween, thanksgiving, christmas, etc.)

    I created a halloween/fall binder for just recipes, crafts, etc to do around this time of the year. I already printed out some items you put on here.

    You posted a “sent in by you” thing of those chocolate pilgrim hats, made out of a large marshmallow and a fudge cookie….well that has become a family tradition for thanksgiving. I didn’t have any traditions for either halloween or thanksgiving and i want to start making some!!!

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