25+ Flower Crafts for Kids

April is here, which means Spring is right around the corner.  I love watching nature come alive after the snow melts.  Here are over 25 flower crafts for kids from the PLAY group that will help you welcome Spring.

25+ Flower Crafts for kids

The PLAY group has joined together to create a wonderful resource of flower crafts that will be sure to brighten your space.  Just click on the red link to take you to the full post for each project.

25+ Flower Crafts for kids

25+ Flower Crafts for kids

25+ Flower Crafts for kids

25+ Flower Crafts for kids

25+ Flower Crafts for Kids

25+ Flower Crafts for Kids

25+ Flower Crafts for Kids

I am in love all these fun flower crafts and I hope that they have inspired you too.  I would love to hear how you celebrate spring with your kids.

 

Tie Dye Butterfly on a Stick

Spring Craft for Kids ~ Butterfly on a Stick

Temps are warming up and hopefully soon spring will engulf our back yard.  I can’t wait for all the trees to be in bloom and our back yard to come alive with color.  While we are waiting, we decided to create an adorable Tie Dye Butterfly on a Stick that we can fly around the house.  Butterflies crafts are adorable but when you add the element of flight they become magical.  This is a fun spring craft that will have your kids itching to catch a real butterfly.

Spring Craft for Kids ~ Tie Dye Butterfly on a Stick

To create your own flying butterfly you will need:

  • Coffee filters and scrap paper
  • Washable Markers
  • Clothes pin
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Stick ~ we used a cake pop stick, but anything would work – even one from your back yard.
  • Google Eyes
  • Fishing line
  • White Glue
  • Spray bottle

Spring Craft for Kids ~ Tie Dye Butterfly on a Stick

The kiddos colored their entire coffee filter with washable markers just like when we made our Monster Marker Prints.  Any color combination works, however remember that the colors will be bleeding and blending together.  Brighter color combinations works best.

Spring Craft for Kids ~ Tie Dye Butterfly on a Stick

Lay the colored coffee filter on top of a white piece of paper and have your kids spray with water.  Once the coffee filter is completely wet, lay another white piece of paper on top.  Press the 3 layers together.

If you have patience, lay a heavy book on top and set aside to dry.  I never have time for that, so I use an iron for more instantaneous results.  You may need to sandwich the layers between more paper if you are using an iron, just depends on how wet the paper is. We have an iron that we only use for crafts, which we use more often that the one that is for laundry.  Wrinkly shirts or cute projects…I’ll vote crafts any day!

Spring Craft for Kids ~ Tie Dye Butterfly on a Stick

Once all 3 layers are dry, have your kids peel the layers to reveal what they created.  Don’t throw away the tie dyed top and bottom paper.  We will be using it in a future project that your kids will love.  I love the watercolor effect that this process creates.

We have also created adorable Monster Marker Prints with this same technique.Spring Craft for Kids ~ Tie Dye Butterfly on a Stick

The kids added googly eyes and pipe cleaner antenna to their butterflies.
Spring Craft for Kids ~ Tie Dye Butterfly on a StickWe attached our tie dyed butterfly wings to the clothes pin with white glue.  Then tied the fishing line around the tummy and secured with glue.  Make sure to test how your butterfly flies before gluing.  We had to adjust where to tied the fishing line to get the butterfly level.

Spring Craft for Kids ~ Tie Dye Butterfly on a Stick

Tie the other end of the fishing line and secure with glue.  We also wrapped a pipe cleaner around the stick just for looks.

Spring Craft for Kids ~ Tie Dye Butterfly on a Stick

Voila you now have a flying butterfly pet.

I had a hard time catching pictures of these little guys, they were zooming around the house so quickly.

I love when we can extend the life of a simple craft.  By creating a butterfly (that is one of those “right of passage” preschool crafts that have been around for years) and adding it to a stick we created a fun toy that they kids loved playing with.

The giggles and squeals that the kids made as they were flying their butterflies around the house was priceless.      Spring Craft for Kids ~ Tie Dye Butterfly on a Stick

 What spring crafts are you creating?

Recycled Crafts and Activities for Kids

These crafts and activities include some type of recycled material linked up from last weeks Weekly Kids Co-op.  Go green and reuse your household items to make something new and creative.  You will also be teaching our kids about conservation and recycling while they are creating.  I love these simple Recycled Crafts and Activities for kids linked up to the Weekly Kids Co-op last week.

Recycled Crafts and Activities for Kids

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27 DIY Garden Markers

I am getting excited to get digging the my garden, however, my excitement is put on hold until the weather warms up.  I turned to my two BFF”S, Google and Pinterest to help curb my itch to dig in the dirt.  I was inspired by all the  fun plant markers floating around ,so I decided to do a round-up.  Hope you are inspired by these 27 DIY Garden Markers that can be made with materials you can find around your house and outside!  I know I am.

I love that all these little garden stakes could be made with the help from your kids.  It will get them excited about gardening and brighten your plot.  A win, win in my books.  Encourage your budding little green thumb to help learn to identify the plants you will soon be growing.

DIY Plant Markers that inspire:

27 DIY Garden Markers

  1. Wooden Garden Makers from Monkey Lobster
  2. Hanger Garden Markers from At the Picket Fence
  3. Aluminum Duct Tape Garden Markers from Aunt Peaches
  4. Canning Lid Garden Plant Markers from AN Portraits
  5. Mother’s Day Gift…Garden Markers from The Blue Basket
  6. Paint Stick Garden Stakes from Katy Harper
  7. DIY Shrinky Dink Garden Stakes from The American Homemaker
  8. Garden Rock Markers from A typical English Home
  9. Lettuce Make Garden Markers  from Michele Made Me

27 DIY Garden Markers

  1. Re-purposed Garden Stakes from Housing A Forest
  2. Flower Garden Stake from Mollie’s Mom
  3. Broken Pot Plant Markers from Hardly Housewives
  4. Brick Herb Markers from Simple Details
  5. Jewelry for Your Garden from In My Own Style
  6. Making Cute Garden Markers from The Magic Onions
  7. Our Veggie Garden Rock Markers from Lu Bird Baby
  8. DIY Chalkboard Plant Signs from Our Little Coop
  9. Scrap Wood Garden Signs from Kara’s Creative Place

27 DIY Garden Markers

  1. Dinosaur Plant Markers DIY from Punk Projects
  2. Garden Marker Craft Camp from Skip To My Lou
  3. Fuse Bead Plant Markers for the Garden from Apple Falls
  4. Plant Marker Craft from Food and Photography
  5. Plastic Knife Plant Markers from Apt Garden
  6. Painted Wooden Garden Signs from Not Just a Housewife
  7. Lettuce Make Garden Markers  from Michele Made Me
  8. Stick Seed Stakes from Homeroad
  9. Plastic Spoon Garden Markers from Sewing School

If you are looking for more garden inspiration for kids, check out my Gardening With Kids Pinterest board.  The board is packed full of ideas to get kids excited about digging in the dirt, learning, playing and experimenting all in the garden.

For more ways to encourage kids to garden, check out our:

Gourd Surprise

How to Grow Sprouts on a Sponge

Starting Seeds

Regrow Celery

Regrow Lettuce

Mothers Day Card

Simple Mothers Day Card for Kids

Like so many of you, I adore Pinterest.  I can easily get lost in all the beautiful pins.  Recently I have been really enjoying all the fun Mother’s Day ideas that are being pinned.  I love this simple Mothers Day Card with a WOW factor that has been floating around on Pinterest for a while.

Mothers Day Craft for Kids to Make ~ Mothers Day Card

Today (while I was making supper) I left my computer open to a page of Mothers Day pins that included the adorable card (link above).  I could hear my kids of quiet whispers from the other room, but I didn’t think anything of it.  They are always full of silly secrets and my house seems to be full of more giggles recently than normal.  I think it’s the weather.  I could not believe what they were up to when I found them.  Can I just say I LOVE my kids, and my Mothers Day Card!

Mothers Day Craft for Kids to Make ~ Mothers Day Card

I was so excited I didn’t notice the long faces for a moment.  They were a bit put out that I found their secret project.  I told them that if they let me take a few pictures I would forget I saw anything!  Ha!  Such is the life of a kid to a blogging mom:)

Mothers Day Craft for Kids to Make ~ Mothers Day Card

I love that from a simple Pinterest image my 6 and 10 year old were able to figure out how the card was put together.  Proud Mama moment:)

The kids were excited to discover the simple “WOW MOM” message hidden in their card once it was opened.  I love that they had no idea that was what they were making.  It was like they were the first to discover it.  To cute!

Mothers Day Craft for Kids to Make ~ Mothers Day Card

I asked if they had any tips for making their “WOW MOM” card, that they wanted me to share.  Here are what they thought was important to pass along if you are planning on making these adorable cards:

  • Choose your Mom’s favorite color of paper
  • Big bubble letters are hard, just keep trying!  (my favorite tip)
  • Don’t try this with DAD, it won’t work!  Ha!
  • That’s it.  Apparently they are not going to give you a step by step so make sure to stop by here for more instructions:)

Mothers Day Craft for Kids to Make ~ Mothers Day CardHave you walked in on your kids making you something special?  What was their reaction?