If you didn’t know by now, my family celebrates every holiday. My home calendar even tells me the obscure holidays for each day, and though they are usually silly, I like to celebrate if I can. For instance, as I write this, it is Fragrance Day. My house has a lot of smells, so I’m going to already check that off as celebrated. Easter, though, has snuck up on me this year. Putting it the week after St. Patrick’s Day just isn’t fair! There’s a lot that needs to go into a celebration of a holiday. The craft, the food, the decorations. After a panicked glance at the calendar last week, we finally got our Easter decorations out and luckily Aldi had Easter-shaped pasta so that’s taken care of. Oh well. All is well that ends well.
The Easter craft had yet to be decided, though. Being so behind, there were two things I knew. It would have to be simple, and it would have to be made out of things we already had on hand. What better craft material to fall back on with these requirements than paper plates! Now, what to do with them? Maddie has been very interested in painting recently. I’m not sure if it is correlated with her recent move to the two-year-old room at daycare or not, but it’s a little stressful. There’s nothing like a two-year-old and paint to strike fear in a mother’s heart. Luckily, I have a hearty supply of washable paint.
So with paper plates and paint in hand, it was settled. We set out to make a lovely spring bouquet of paper plate flowers. And, if I do say so myself, they turned out lovely.Make these simple #spring or #Easter flowers out of paper plates! #kidscraft #learningshapes Click To Tweet
What You’ll Need
- Paint the paper plates the spring color of your choosing using whatever method you’d like. We started off with paint brushes, but it quickly turned to finger painting.
- Allow the plates to dry. While you’re waiting, paint the Popsicle sticks green and allow them to dry.
- On the back of the plate, trace an oval- or circle-shaped object to create the petals (see Nurture the Experience section).
- Cut the flower out and glue it to the Popsicle stick.
- Glue on a yellow pom pom and “plant” them wherever you’d like!
Nurture the Experience
We used this craft as an opportunity to learn about shapes! Like most learning experiences, it started with a lot of open-ended questions. “What shape are flower petals?” Not getting any response? That’s nothing a quick Google search can’t cure. Google flowers and bring up the images. What shapes do they see? You’ll likely get an answer of oval, circle, or heart-shaped. Of course, with kids, be prepared for any answer. Next take them on a scavenger hunt for toys or objects that have that same shape. Trace the toys that you find in a circular pattern on the back of the paper plate to form the petals. During each of these steps, talk to your kids about the differences between the shapes. For example, they are likely to pick up something that might be close to an oval but is more like a circle. What makes it more like a circle? Be sure to ask open-ended questions.
See Painted Shapes Canvas for additional ideas for learning about shapes.
Make Way for Ducklings is an older children’s book that was first published in 1941. The author and illustrator Robert McCloskey received the 1942 Caldecott Medal for its illustrations. It is an endearing story of a family of mallards living in Boston. Their mother, concerned with their safety, searches for the best place to raise her eight ducklings. When they find their home, they explore it in a series of grand adventures. If your kids are anything like mine, they will love that this book is about ducks. A perfect springtime read.
Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms is another great Fletcher adventure about one of the best seasons of the year — spring! In this tale, Fletcher sees what he thinks is snow in spring and runs to tell all the woodland animals. They will need to go back to hibernation or fly back south. They all follow Fletcher, but discover that the snow is only the blossoms in the valley. If you are a Fletcher fan, then you know that this book is full of gorgeous illustrations.
The Flower Alphabet Book is an alphabet book about, you guessed it, flowers! I love this book at the beginning of spring because it will give kids familiarity with the names of different flowers. You can then reinforce this new knowledge when you begin building your own garden!