A collection of fun and engaging flower crafts and activities for toddlers and preschoolers using real and artificial flowers.
Spring is right around the corner, and that means FLOWERS will soon be appearing in our garden! Hooray! Roses, peonies, daisies, lilacs… the air will be filled with their fragrance, and our yard will be alive with colour! I can’t wait!
The hooligans and I love crafting with both real and artificial flowers here in my home daycare, and we also love to incorporate these same flowers into many of our playful learning activities.
Using real flowers for our flower crafts and activities activities allows children to examine nature up close, and the flowers’ colour, texture and scent provides a wonderful sensory experience.
Using artificial flowers for crafting is an inexpensive way to make beautiful, colourful crafts that really look great.
We often cut blooms from the garden to use in our sensory activities and our art projects, and I always have bunches of artificial flowers on hand to craft with. I like to stock up on them when I’m at the dollar store but a second-hand store is a terrific place to find artificial flowers too! Keep a stash handy in the craft room because you can make so many lovely crafts with a few blooms or sprigs.
Here are some of my favourite flower crafts for preschoolers, and some fun flower activities to go along with them.
25 Flower Crafts and Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers:
These garden drop ornaments are one of my favourite flower crafts ever! Making the ornaments is a great fine motor activity for little ones, and the results are gorgeous! These ornaments look lovely hanging in a window or on a balcony or patio.
This tiara was really easy to make with a paper bag and some artificial flowers. The process allowed the hooligans to experiment with a low heat glue gun which was a lot of fun! A paper bag tiara is wonderful for dress up play or for a fairy or princess party.
These paper towel roses are really fun and easy to make. Kids love the process you’ll use to dye them, and they’re gorgeous to display in a vase at home, or to give for Mother’s Day or a birthday.
I love, love, LOVE our paper plate gardens! We made them for our “G” craft in our A-Z paper plate series, but they’d be great if you need an easy spring craft for your preschooler.
Making simple paper flowers helps little ones develop their scissor skills. We used these flowers to create greeting cards last spring. I love this project. The style of the flowers remind me of some of the Kandinsky-inspired flower art I’ve seen done in preschool classrooms.
This is one of my favourite outdoor art activities! The hooligans love creating nature faces using clippings of leaves, plants and flowers from the gardens in our backyard.
Cork-stamped flowers are addictive to make. We’ve made dozens of them to use for centerpieces, greeting cards and garlands. This was a great activity for colour mixing, and of course, kids always love stamping. And secretly, we grown-ups love a craft that gives us a good reason to pop open a bottle of wine, don’t we?
This pretend play flower activity kept the hooligans busy for ages one morning! Pick up a few bunches of dollar-store flowers, and let your little ones pretend that they’re gardeners for the day.
Have the kids turn a branch and some colourful tissue paper scraps into a spring blossom centerpiece for your Easter table. You could also display this simple flower craft in a window or on a door.
This is an activity that we do often here in our backyard. The hooligans will play for hours cutting, chopping, pouring and mixing up a great big batch of Flower Soup! This is definitely one of our favourite ways to spend a spring morning in the yard.
I adore these paper plate flowers. They’re simple to make, but the process offers lots of exploration and skill-building. There’s tracing, cutting, painting, colour-mixing, exploring shapes, constructing and gluing. Not bad for a paper plate and some paint, right?
This felt flower buttoning toy is really easy to make because it’s no-sew! A buttoning toy is great for helping little ones strengthen fine motor skills and to learn how to do and undo buttons. The vibrant felt flowers can also be helpful for toddlers and preschoolers who are learning to identify colours.
Adding artificial flowers to your outdoor play space is really inexpensive, but doing so will provide hours and hours of creative, imaginative play for your children. Check out all the ways the hooligans use our flowers every day in our backyard!
These paper plate sunflowers were fun to make. Real corn kernels and coffee beans added a lovely sensory element to this delightful fall craft.
These egg carton flowers are super-easy to make. What a great spring craft for young children and a great way to upcycle some things you’d normally throw in the trash.
Remember the cork-stamped flowers I showed you earlier? We used some of those flowers to make a this spring wreath to hang on a door in my daycare. Super-easy, super-cute, and perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.
Here’s a classic kid’s science experiment involving flowers and food colouring. I don’t have a post with the instructions for this activity, but you just set white flowers into water tinted with several drops of food colouring, and in a day or so, you’ll see the flowers changing colour as they absorb the food colouring through their stems.
Here’s another awesome craft using artificial flowers. We made this paper bag wreath for fall, but your child could use flowers in soft, pastel shades for spring, or bright, vibrant colours for summer, to make an inexpensive but impressive wreath for your front door!
Another activity that keeps the hooligans busy for ages is a backyard tea party. For this tea party, we’ve used artificial flowers as well as real flowers from the garden, shells, pinecones and stones for the “ingredients”. What a fun way to explore and play!
Here’s a terrific open-ended art project for preschoolers. Kids can use foam flowers along with foam bugs and animals to produce a spring masterpiece on a styrofoam produce tray.
And lastly, to wrap up this collection of my favourite flower crafts and activities, we have 5 easy poppy crafts for kids to make. These poppies are perfect for Remembrance Day of course, but you could switch the red paint out for pink, purple and yellow to make flowers for any season.
So many choices!
I hope you’ll make some of our flowers with your toddlers and preschoolers! And I hope you’ll try some of the playful learning activities too!
And now that we have you in the mood for spring, check out these cute ideas:
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.