My daughter loves flowers , especially picking the petals off so I channeled that into a fun summer craft. These easy to make placemats aren’t only cute they are functional too. We’ve been using ours all week. The other thing I really love about this activity is that it gets kids outside exploring their garden. Another way to explore the garden is to go on a scavenger hunt or try our sticky window for flowers. Here is how we did it.
- Gather your materials. You will need a full sheet of construction paper or card stock , scissors, clear contact paper, and a bucket to collect flowers. You will also obviously need some flowers to pick.
- Start by folding your paper in half horizontally.
- Cut the middle out so you have a frame.
- Send your little one off to pick flowers. Our back garden is very small so she can’t wander too far. I was able to get the contact paper cut and the back peeled off without her offering any help.
- Place or frame on the contact paper. The sticky side should be up.
- Time to pull the flowers apart. My daughter loved this. She does it all the time and it’s great for her fine motor development.
- Add the single petals to the contact paper. Make sure they are inside the frame. My daughter only wanted pink petals so I made a mat with some of the other petals she picked.
- After all the petals are added Add a second layer of contact paper and carefully sandwich the petals between them. Press. My daughter decided to sit on hers to press it.
- Trim the edges and you are ready to go!
Books About Flowers
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 !
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle is a story about a tiny seed who unlike the other seeds from his flower makes it against all odds to continue the cycle of life. I really enjoy this book and love how it shows all the obstacles along the way for a simple little seed. My son liked this book but didn’t make it all the way through, which I expected since it is a long book for a 2 year old.
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.
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I LOVE this idea as my daughter too is a petal picker;0) this may sound silly but I don’t know where to find contact paper! I’ve checked my local craft stores and nada! Office supply store?
Thanks for your great ideas!!! I love getting your blog updates every morning!!
Allison McDonald says
I get mine at Walmart in the section where there is home organization . It’s with the shelf liners. I am so happy to hear you like it here 🙂
Great idea! I also love “Miss Rumphius” by Barbara Cooney as another great flower book.
How long do the petals stay fresh in the placemat?
Allison McDonald says
Still fresh today 🙂
DD is a picker too! I constantly have to remind her to only pick the ones from the ground :)) Lovely idea. We are definitely trying this at home 🙂
I love the idea of using fresh flowers. So easy to step outside your door and find such a variety of petals.
I can’t wait to do this. I wish I saw this before I tossed my flowers out. Thank you