Flower and Plant Crafts for Kids

How to Make Crafts Relating to
Flowers and Plants

 

Paper Lunch Bag Flowers Craft

Make sunflowers, daises, roses, asters, and anything your imagination can think of out of plain brown lunch bags!

Lunch Bag Flowers Craft for ChildrenWhat you will need:

Brown Lunch Bags

Water Color Paint

Twistie Ties or Chenille Stems

Recycled Plastic Bags or Paper

Green Straws

Green Paper

Markers

Googly Eyes

 

How to Make the Paper Bag Flowers

paper flower craft diagram1. There are several ways to make the flowers depending on how many petals you would like your flower to have. If you only want petals in one row around the center, you only need to use one lunch bag (see the center flower in the picture). If you would a flower with layers of petals such as the flowers at the two ends in the picture, you will need more than one bag. Place one or two bags inside each other.

2. Stuff four to five wrinkled up plastic grocery bags inside your lunch bag/bags pushing them down to the bottom of the bag.

3. Gather the sides together just above the bags and use a twistie tie or half a Chenille stem to secure the gather.

4. Starting with the outside bag, cut slits down from the top of the bag to the gathered part all the way around the bag. Fold the cut piecec down shape the petals with your scissors. Do the same thing for the inside bag/bags.

5. Once you have the petals the way you would like use water color paint or oil pastels to paint your flowers.

6. Make a stem and petals for your flowers out of green constuction paper or a green straw. Glue the stems to the back of the flowers.

7. To finish add details to your flowers with markers and googly eyes.

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Books about Sunflowers

Van Gogh and the Sunflowers (Anholt's Artists Books for Children) Sunflower House Book for Children Big Yellow Sunflower (Fold Out and Find Out)
Van Gogh and the Sunflowers (Anholt's Artists Books for Children)

Sunflower House - Great Summer Activity for Children
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Big Yellow Sunflower (Fold Out and Find Out)

 

 

Tissue Paper Poppies

Tissue Paper Poppy Craft for Kids from www.daniellesplace.com

What you will need:

Red Tissue Paper

Green Tissue Paper

Black Construction Paper

Green Chenille Stems

Black Chenille Stems

Elmer's No-Wrinkle Rubber Cement

Scissors

 

How to Make The Tissue Paper Poppy Flowers:

paper flower craft diagaram1. For each flower cut two flower shapes with five petals from red tissue paper. Make one flower shape 80% smaller than the first. (Patterns for the flowers are available to members.)

2. Wrinkle up the flower shapes and then smooth them out a little.

3. Fold the end of a green Chenille stem down about 1/2", and then fold it down two more times.

4. Cut 1 1/2" circles from construction paper, punch a hole in the center of the circle, and a slit from the outside of the circle to the center circle. Glue the circle into a slight cone shape.

5. Punch a hole in the center of smallest tissue paper flower shape with the unfolded end of the Chenille stem. Push the flower shape up the stem to the folded end.

6. Punch a hole in the center of largest tissue paper flower shape with the unfolded end of the Chenille stem. Push the flower shape up the stem to the folded end.

7. Place the cone shape on the unfolded end of Chenille stem through the inside of the cone. Push the cone shape up to almost the top of the folded end of the Chenille. Place a little glue inside the cone and press it up against the tissue paper flowers.

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"Identify the Flowers" Game

How Many Flowers Can You Identify?

Twelve Printable Flower Cards

You can use these cards to play several different games.

1. Match Game - Print two sets and use them to play a match game.

2. "Name the Flower" Race - See who can name all the flowers the quickest.

3. Writing Cards - Write descriptions and interesting facts about the flowers on the back of the cards.

4. See who can name the most flowers

These Printable Cards are available to members.

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Venus Flytrap Paper Plate Puppet and Toss Game

Venus Flytrap Paper Plate Puppet Craft with pompom fly from www.daniellesplace.comChildren or adults can use this puppet to teach about the Venus Flytrap. It is so simple to make and only takes two paper plates and a little bit of card stock.

What you will need:

Two Regular-sized Paper Plates

Green and Pink Acrylic Paint

White Card Stock

Large Craft Wiggle Eyes

Two Inch Pom Poms

 

How to Make the Venus Flytrap Puppet:

1. Fold one paper plate in half so that the top of the plate is on the outside. This will be the inside mouth of the Venus Flytrap. Paint the inside green around the edge and pink in the middle.

2. Cut another paper plate in half, and cut a curve from the side of one of the halves as shown in the diagram to the right. This will be the bottom outside of the Venus Flytrap. Paint the bottoms of the paper plate halves green.

3. Cut a strip of card stock two inches wide and 8 1/2" long. Cut wedge shapes (teeth) from the strip as shown in the picture below. Glue the teeth around the edge of the unpainted side of the mouth piece. Fold the mouth in half to make sure you glue the bottom teeth so they line up opposite the top teeth. When the teeth come together they should alternate. Glue the paper plate halves to the folded paper plate mouth covering the area where the teeth are glued to the mouth.

4. Glue eyes to the top of the puppet.

5. Use your puppet to teach about Venus Flytraps.

Educational Activities Using the Venus Flytrap Puppet

1. Discuss how Venus Flytraps catch their prey by snapping shut their modified leaves when trigger hairs are touched. The teeth around the end of the leave form a cell-like enclosure so that flies can not escape. Have your children make their own paper plate flytraps and then test them to see if they can catch flies. Make flies from 2-inch black pom poms. Cut strips of white plastic grocery bags about 6" long by 1" wide. Tie the strip around the center of the pom pom and then cut the ends into wing shapes. Glue on wiggle eyes to finish.

 

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Venus Flytrap and other Carnivorous Plants Terrariums Buy Venus Flytrap Seeds Book About Venus Flytraps
DuneCraft Dome Terrariums - Carnivorous Plants Venus Flytrap Dionaea muscipula carnivorous 10 seeds Venus Flytraps (Early Bird Nature Books)

 

Venus Flytrap Paper Plate Craft and Writing Activity

Venus Flytrap Paper Plate Craft with Writing Sheet Template from www.daniellesplace.comUse this Venus Flytrap paper plate craft as a educational tool. Children can write facts about flytraps on the writing sheet or the circular book and glue it to the inside of the paper plate flytrap.

What you will need:

Regular-sized Paper Plate

Green and Pink Paint

Paint Brushes

Scissors

Green Construction Paper

 

How to Make the Paper Plate Venus Flytrap:

1. Paint the bottom of the paper plate green and the top green around the edges. When it is dry fold it in half so that the top of the plate is on the inside.

2. Print out the circular book or writing sheet on onto pink paper. (Patterns Available to Members.)

Venus Flytrap Paper Plate Craft with circular book template from www.daniellesplace.com3. Have your children write facts about flytraps on writing paper or circular book and then glue it to the inside center of the paper plate flytrap.

4. Cut wedge shapes all the way around the edge of the paper plate to make the cilia.

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Test Your Knowledge - Can You Answer these Questions About the Venus Flytrap?

  1. What does the flower of the Venus Flytrap look like?
  2. Where do Venus Flytraps grow naturally?
  3. How does the flytrap attract bugs?
  4. How does it know when an insect has landed on it.
  5. How does the flytrap determine when to snap shut its leaf?
  6. How many hairs does the flytrap have?
  7. How long does it take a plant to digest an insect?

More Learning Activities

1. Lookup these other interesting Carnivorous Plants on the web - Cobra Lily, English Sundew, Pitcher Plants, and Yellow Trumpet.

2. Check out these videos and Movie:

BBC - Life - Venus Flytraps: Jaws of Death - This is an amazing video with up-close images of the flytrap, hairs, nectar, fly, etc. Don't miss this video!

LIFE - Venus Flytrap Catches Flies - This is the same amazing video as above, but has a different commentator.

Watch "Little Shop of Horrors" 1986 Movie with Steve Martin, Rick Morainis, and Bill Murray free on Amazon.com Prime.

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Venus Flytrap Craft and Learning Activity

Venus Flytrap paper plate craft with insect printable sheet.  Children see how many bugs they can identify and/or place them in subphylums from www.daniellesplace.comUse this Venus Flytrap paper plate craft as a educational tool. Children can see how many different arthropods they can name and feed to the Venus Flytrap, and classify them into subphylums - arachnids, crustaceans, and insects.

What you will need:

Regular-sized Paper Plate

Green and Pink Paint

Paint Brushes

Scissors

Green Construction Paper

 

Printable Bug Activity Sheet for the Venus Flytrap Paper Plate Craft from www.daniellesplace.comHow to Make the Paper Plate Venus Flytrap:

1. Paint the bottom of the paper plate green and the top green around the edges. When it is dry fold it in half so that the top of the plate is on the inside.

2. Cut wedge shapes all the way around the edge of the paper plate to make the cilia.

5. Print out the "Feed Me" sheet onto pink paper. Cut stem shapes from green construction paper and glue them to the side of the flytrap.

3. Print out the arthropod sheet or use clip art. (Printable Pattern Available to Members)

4. Have your children see how many arthropods they can name and feed them to the flytrap. Then have them divide them into subphylums.

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Venus Flytrap "Feed Me" Printable Board Game

 

Venus Flytrap Printable Board Game. Children make up questions about flytraps and then play the board game to review what they have learned. www.daniellesplace.comThis printable game is a great way to review facts about Venus Flytraps.

Children read about flytraps and make up their own questions and answers for the game.

Each player starts with five flies. Players take turns picking a card and trying to answer a question. If a player answers a question correctly, he spins a die and tries to get one of his flies to land on the Venus flytrap space.

The player who "feeds" all his flies to the flytrap first wins.

This Printable Game is availble to members.

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Good Books about Venus Flytraps and Other Carnivorous Plants

Science Chapters: Venus Flytraps, Bladderworts: and Other Wild and Amazing Plants Hungry Plants (Step into Reading) The Savage Garden, Revised: Cultivating Carnivorous Plants DK Readers: Plants Bite Back!

 

Paper Cup Flower Yard Decorations

Made from paper and plastic cups these flowers are quick and easy to make.

Paper Cup Flowers

Go to the Garden Crafts Page for directions to this craft.

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Paper Towel Flower Craft for Kids

Paper Towel Flower CraftThese flowers are easy to make and inexpensive. They can be used to decorate for any holiday. Preschool children will even enjoy painting them with eye droppers.

What you will need:

Thick, heavy duty, white, square paper towels

Glue

Pretty Buttons

Gems or pompoms

Water color paints

 

How to Make Paper Towel Flower Craft:

1. Make sure your paper towel is square. Find the center of the paper towel by folding the paper towel in half and then in half the other way. Unfold the paper towel. The lines meet in the center.

2. Fold each corner in towards the center to form a new square. (See picture to the right.)

3.Then fold each new corner in towards the center again.(See picture to the right.)

flower craft 1

4. Turn the folded paper towel over and fold the corners in towards the center again. Glue down the four points at the center. Place a button or something decorative in the center and glue it down.

5. To form the flower petals use your thumb to press in on one of the corners while reaching around to the back and pulling up and out on the pointed flap. Do this to all four corners. (See picture to the right.)

flower craft 2
6. Then pull the four remaining corners on the back to form four more petals. (See picture to the right.)

7. Paint with water colors or eye droppers. (See picture to the right.)

flower craft 3

How to Print or Copy these Instructions.

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Paper Flowers

paper flower craft 1  paper flower craft 2 paper flower craft 3

What you will need:

Colored paper

Patterned paper such as origami paper, scrapbooking paper, and/or wrapping paper

Paper glue such as Elmer's Rubber Cement

Buttons

Sequins

Pompoms and other decorative items

 

paper flower craft 4How to Make Paper Flowers:

1. Print out the directions to make the Six-Petal Flowers (PDF Pattern) and the Eight-Petal Flowers (PDF Pattern).

2. Study the shapes and arrangements of the petals of different kinds of flowers and try to cut the petals from paper to match the flowers you have observed.

3. Cut paper into different sized squares from 3" x 3" to 9" x 9". Fold the paper and cut according to the directions. Overlap different shapes and sizes of flowers you have cut to make more complex flowers. Experiment with different color combinations.

4. When you are satisfied with your design, glue everything together using paper glue.

5. Embellish the flowers with button, sequins, glitter glue, etc.

How to Print or Copy these Instructions.

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Origami Flower Arrangement in a Paper Mache Vase

craft origami glower arrangement in paper mache vaseWhat you will need:

1. Origami Flowers Kit by Michael G. LaFoose - This kit includes the directions and origami paper you will need to make the flowers. (See the link at the right.)

2. Green Chenille Stems (Pipe cleaners)

3. Small box for the vase or cardboard

4. Different colors of tissue paper

5. White glue

How to make:

1. Make origami flowers according to the directions in the books or find directions online.

2. Put dabs of glue on the ends of your chenille stems. Poke a hole in the bottom of the flowers with the glued end of the chenille stems and insert the stems about 1/2 inch.

3. To make the vase tear different colors of tissue paper into about one-inch shapes. Cut the end off a small box or make your own from cardboard. Add some water to make white glue a little runny. Coat the outside of the box with the white glue mixture with a paint brush. Stick the tissue paper all of the box smoothing it out as you go. To finish coat the box again over the tissue paper layer and add more tissue paper shapes to cover any places where the cardboard shows through.

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