A collection of fun and easy flower crafts and activities for toddlers and preschoolers along with a few flower crafts for older kids to make and gift as gifts.
If you’re looking for flower crafts and flower-related activities for your kids to make and do this spring, you’ll love the ideas we’re sharing today.
My daycare kids have made dozens of flower crafts over the years so I thought it would be fun to round up all of our favourites and put them right here in one place for you. We also love to incorporate both real and artificial flowers into our playful learning activities and we have some great examples to share with you.
Below, you’ll find:
- flower crafts for toddlers and preschoolers
- flower crafts for older kids
- flower crafts that kids can give as gifts
- ways to incorporate flowers into preschool activities
- engaging crafts and activities using both real and artificial flowers
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. I buy a lot of ours from the dollar store. I keep a stash handy in the craft rom and several bunches in the yard for play.
25 Flower Crafts and Activities
Flower Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Paper Plate Garden Craft:
I just LOVE these paper plate gardens! We made them for our “G” craft in our A-Z paper plate series. This is such a great spring craft for for toddlers and preschoolers.
This flowery paper bag tiara is easy to make with a paper bag and some artificial flowers. The process allows kids to experiment with a low heat glue gun, and the tiara is fun for dress up play.
Painted Paper Plate Flower Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers:
These paper plate flowers are 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!
Paper Plate Sunflower Craft:
Our paper plate sunflower is a great flower craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make for Fall when sunflowers are at their peak. Using coffee beans and corn kernels adds a fun sensory element to the craft.
Cork Stamped Flowers:
These cork-stamped flowers are addictive to make. We’ve made dozens of these flowers to use for centerpieces, greeting cards and garlands. This was a way for kids to observe 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?
Flowered Tiara Craft:
Here’s another flowered tiara that kids can make with artificial flowers. It’s great for dress up play and a really easy tiara to make for a princess costume or fairy costume.
Egg Carton Flower Craft:
These egg carton flowers are super-easy to make. What a great spring craft for young children and a great way to repurpose some materials you’d normally throw in the trash.
Spring Centerpiece with Tissue Paper:
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.
Making simple paper flowers helps little ones develop their scissor skills. We used these flowers to create greeting cards last spring. The style of these flowers reminds me of some of the Kandinsky-inspired flower art I’ve seen done in preschool classrooms.
Spring Art with Foam Flowers:
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.
Flower Crafts that Kids Can Give As Gifts:
Cookie Flower Bouquet:
An edible, cookie flower bouquet makes a great gift for Mother’s Day, birthdays, teacher appreciation etc. These cookie flowers are so cute and really easy for kids to make.
Paper Towel Roses
These paper towel roses are so fun and easy to make, and they look so real! Older kids will love the entire process. These roses are perfect for displaying in a vase or to give as a Mother’s Day gift.
Flower Drop Ornaments:
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. They make a lovely gift for a parent, grandparent, neighbour or teacher.
Tissue Paper Roses
These tissue paper roses are similar to our paper towel roses but the process is quicker because you don’t have to dye your materials first. There’s a video in this post to show you exactly how to make these flowers.
Oreo Flower Pot Cakes:
This isn’t exactly a flower craft but it is a flowerpot craft. These Oreo-Brownie Flower Pot Cakes are really fun for kids to make and terrific to serve at a birthday party or garden party.
Flower Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Nature Faces – Toddler Art with Flowers:
This is one of our favourite outdoor art activities! The hooligans love creating these nature faces using clippings of leaves, plants and flowers from the gardens in our backyard.
Felt Flower Buttoning Activity:
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.
This pretend play flower activity keeps toddlers and preschoolers busy for ages in the backyard. Pick up a few bunches of dollar-store flowers, and let your little ones pretend that they’re gardeners for the day.
Fairy Soup Garden Activity:
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.
Artificial Flowers for Imaginative Play:
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.
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!
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!
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