I love this display because it’s so fresh and spring like.
It’s also fun and cheap to make.
I always like posting something which involves children helping and this post is no exception. With help even the youngest will enjoy making the flower petals from coffee filter bags and they will learn a little about chromatography at the same time! The video instructions are on the link below.
Putting the flowers together is more tricky and a task for older children or adults.
The bowl is made entirely from string which is soaked in glue and wrapped around a balloon. The fun bit that kids love is the popping of the balloon once the glue has set!
The level of difficulty depends on the size of the balloon. For the blue bowl featured above the balloon was well inflated making it trickier to handle.
At Christmas we followed the same procedure to make baubles but using much smaller balloons which are easier to handle. If your children are small my suggestion would be to help them make the smaller bowls which can be used for biscuits or Easter Eggs while you make the trickier large bowl.
The instructions to make the string balls are given in ‘child friendly’ format on the link below. To make the balls into bowls all you need to do is cut them in half using either very strong scissors or a craft knife and then neaten the edges.
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Fun activity which can be adapted to suit all ages.
We always recommend adult supervision.
Uses shaving foam, food colours, hard boiled eggs. We definitely advise wearing disposable gloves unless you don’t mind your fingers looking like the eggs themselves!
We use hard boiled cracked eggs. The colour can’t penetrate the shell but stains the egg white because it, like your fingers, is a protein! Thus the spidery pattern.
The unde-fives will love playing with the shaving foam.
Older children will take up the challenge to try out different ways to colour the eggs. Onion skins are good. (Boil them in a little water before adding the cracked eggs.) Frozen fruits of the forest and fresh berries give varying degrees of pink and purple. (Simply leave the cracked hard boiled eggs in the fruit mixture overnight)
Everyone will find the video fun!
Please note that the colouring does fade.
The flowers above are part of the i LightUp Marina Bay in Singapore.
At night they are illuminated but I really prefer the white purity of the flowers during daylight. They contrast beautifully with the bright green foliage and blue skyscrapers. .
I made a very simple and quick version for my granddaughter from greaseproof paper. She has danced with it every day since so it’s very durable!
It’s also very easy and something you can enjoy as a family activity.
All you need is some greaseproof paper, a straw, pipecleaner or wooden skewer for the stalk and some glue and a rubber band. A blob of playdough or blutack helps but not essential.
I simply used different sized plates to draw round as templates and cut out four concentric circles from the greaseproof paper. The size depends on how big you want the finished flower. Then all you do is place one circle on top of another and make a small hole through the the Centre. Push the straw (or whatever you have chosen to be the ‘stem’) through the Centre.
Then it’s simply a matter of scrunching the Centre of the circles together around the stem. A blob of blutack or playdough may help to hold the circles together and stop them coming off the stem. The more you scrunch the better! Then I just bind an elastic band to hold the base of the circles to the stem and stick a crumpled bit of tissue to the Centre of the flower. That’s it!