From the first daffodils and crocuses poking up through the snow, to the flashy red tulips that follow, to the lilac that always lets me know that winter is really gone for good, spring is a time for flowers. And that includes bringing flowers into your home!
I was a little skeptical when my two-year-old son’s teacher said that they were going to try flower arranging at school. When he jabbered excitedly about it one day at pick-up, though, I knew we had to try it at home.
But why should kids get to have all the fun? Sitting down at the table and putting together little bouquets can be quite refreshing for us parents, too.
With that in mind, I gathered materials for both of us, and one Saturday afternoon my son and I sat down to a delightful session of play.
I’m calling this “Mama and Child” flower arranging, because that happened to be who enjoyed it most at our house, but whether you’re a mama or a dada, or an uncle, or an aunt, or just a good friend, feel free to sit down and enjoy this pair of flower arranging projects.
The Child’s Project
Gather and prepare the materials before you call your child to the table. You’ll need some sturdy flowers, a small pitcher of water, a funnel, some rocks, and containers to use as vases. (I find that canning jars are pretty, but still sturdy enough to withstand a drop or two.) It’s also not a bad idea to have a towel or two at the ready, to wipe up spills.
Depending on your child’s dexterity, you can allow them to trim down the flowers themselves with safety scissors, or you can help with that part. You can show your child the general idea of pouring the water and putting the rocks and flowers in, but after that I would encourage you to step back a bit.
My son poured water back and forth for awhile, then got really excited when he realized there were rocks for the bottom of the jar. It took him a little while to get around to the flowers, but eventually he made several little bouquets.
It was interesting to me to watch how little he cared about the end result. He was much more into the process. Several times he put a jar of flowers together, only to pluck them right back out and start over again. But that was ok, because it gave me time for….
The Mama’s Project
For this project, you’ll need several clothespins and some flowers that won’t wilt immediately without water. I used baby’s breath and some woody herbs from my kitchen. The herbs made my bouquets smell incredible!
Cut the stems of the herbs and/or flowers fairly short, and arrange them into tiny nosegays. Then use the clothespin to hold them together. If you’re farm-girl enough not to mind the clothespin, you can even clip them onto your collar as a corsage.
The fun thing about these is that you can make a lot of them from very few flowers. Wouldn’t they be fun to hand out to friends on May Day or Mother’s Day?
Happy spring and happy flower arranging!
Meryl writes about chickens, babies, knitting, gardening, food, photography, and whatever else tickles her fancy on any given day at My Bit of Earth.