Are you looking for flower crafts for kids, that is easy to set up, improves fine motor skills and has a pleasing result? That would be an afternoon well spent! Below you will find the instructions, how you can make flowers from clay and make them suitable for lacing with cotton thread or wool.
This is such an easy and educational flower crafts project that I guarantee it brings smiles. The kids will be so proud of their colourful flowers!
- easy & fun
- improves fine motor skills
- mother’s day, father’s day
- classroom crafts
- bedroom decoration
- teacher appreciation gift
- gift for the grandparents
- air dry clay or DIY salt dough
- rolling pin
- cookie cutter (flower shaped)
- wooden skewer or thin straw
- blunt needle
- cotton thread, embroidery thread or yarn in an assortment of bright colours
Flower crafts for kids
Use a rolling pin to flatten a piece of clay. Make a nice smooth layer of roughly 0.5 cm / 0.2′ thick. Use the cookie cutter to cut the flower shape.
Use a thin straw or a toothpick to make holes in the clay flower. Make sure you go all the way through to the bottom, so the needle will go in without any trouble. Let the clay flowers dry until they are completely hard. For toddlers, make larger holes (using a straw for example) to facilitate the lacing later on.
3. Take a blunt needle and insert the embroidery thread. For preschoolers, tie a knot at the end (if the hole size permits this – you’ll soon find out!). Insert the needle into a hole of the clay and tie a knot to secure it to the flower. Show the child how to proceed. Use different colours of thread for a stunning visual effect.
It’s fun to see elementary school kids make pretty patterns when making holes and doing the lacing activity, whereas preschoolers are simply enjoying the activity as a whole, learning as they do.
- 20 minutes: rolling and cutting clay
- 1 day: letting the clay dry (or accelerate this by using an oven)
- lacing: 10 minutes per flower.
Of course you can use any shape you wish! We made round shapes and star shapes for Christmas, egg-shaped for Easter and flowers for spring. Use pumpkin shapes, animals: any simple shape will work.
Do your kids love to colour and play? You could check out these printable masks. They can be used straight away or coloured by the kids!