Kids flower crafts are perfect for spring or summer. This simple flower petal suncatcher is fun for kids of all ages, from toddlers to elementary school. We had fun doing it as a camp craft with Girl Scouts.
Flower Petal Suncatcher Craft
Materials Needed (affiliate links provided):
- Fresh Flowers
- Construction Paper
- Press ‘n Seal Plastic Wrap or Clear Contact Paper
- Paper Plate
If you have access to wildflowers and/or flowers in your flowerbed, let your children pick some for this craft. Impatiens, petunias, geraniums, roses, and daisies are perfect for this flower craft. If fresh flowers aren’t available, you can also purchase inexpensive flowers at most grocery stores, such as carnations, which come in a variety of colors. (Related Post: painting with flowers.)
Once you have a selection of flowers, have your child pull off the petals. This is great for working on fine motor skills and developing the proprioception sense, which tells us how much force we need to do certain activities. If you have several children doing the activity, you may want to put all the petals on paper plates for easy sharing.
Once your flower petals are ready, have your child use a paper plate to trace a circle onto a piece of construction paper. Cut out the circle, and then gently fold the paper in half to cut out a circle inside, leaving a 1/2 inch thick ring of colored paper to make your suncatcher with. An adult may need to help younger children with this step. (Alternatively, you can cut the center out of a circle plate and make the suncatcher using paper plates. We liked the variety of colors using construction paper gave us.)
Cut a piece of Press ‘n Seal plastic wrap that is a bit larger than your paper circle, and place it sticky side up. (If you are using clear contact paper, peel off the paper and place it sticky side up.) Press the paper circle to the center. Arrange your flower petals inside the circle. Allow your child to place them any way they’d like, but make sure they are laid fairly flat. (One benefit of using the plastic wrap is that it is easier to move petals around.)
Once your child is finished, cut another piece of plastic wrap to cover the other side of the suncatcher. Press the plastic wrap together and rub it to make sure it seals. Use scissors to trim off the excess. Use a small piece of clear tape to hang it in a sunny window and enjoy!
Your child may choose to create a pattern with the flower petals. They can also create pictures with them like we did with our leaf creatures craft. Whatever they choose, they will wind up with a beautiful flower petal suncatcher they will be proud to display.
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