The quarantine hasn’t been easy on all of us. Whether you feel lonely because you’ve been self-isolating or overwhelmed because you’re constantly surrounded by your family, taking time for yourself and finding distraction in things that you can do at home is important. For parents, whose little whirlwinds are now at home 24/7 and also trying to cope with their newfound freedom and lack of routine, scheduling alone time can be trickier than ever. If you don’t want to increase your kid’s screen time (though that is a perfectly respectable way of keeping them occupied when nothing else is helping) but also can’t spend all day entertaining your children, these flower crafts by FTD are the perfect way to keep your little bees busy! All five crafts require little to no adult supervision, so get your kids crafting while you kick back (or get some work done)!
1. Origami Tulip Craft
This easy origami tulip template will guide your 6-12 year olds through the steps of creating a pretty paper flower. Origami is the perfect activity to improve your children’s fine motor skills and if they enjoy this traditional Japanese craft there are plenty of other templates available on the internet that you can offer them. This folding craft is fun for all ages, maybe you want to give it a go yourself or perhaps, you can finally read that book you’ve been excited about while your kids craft a whole field of paper tulips.
2. Easy Flower Card
For children who haven’t seen their friends and other family members in a while, this beautiful flower card is the perfect craft. This printable is suited for children aged 6-12 years old and includes different flower heads, stems and a couple of bows. Your kids can color these in, cut them out and then arrange their flower pieces to a beautiful bouquet that they can glue on a card and send to someone they miss. The paper flower bouquet will also look pretty on a piece of craft paper and can be hung up or even framed as art in your kid’s room.
3. Lavender Bath Bombs Printable
Your tweens and teens will love this DIY flower bath bomb recipe. If you have kids of all ages, maybe the older ones can show the younger kids how to craft their own bath bombs and give you some time to yourself. This printable includes recipes for lavender and rose bath bombs, as well as printable gift tags, if they would like to give their finished bath bombs to a friend or family member!
4. Flower Coloring Pages
Whether you don’t trust your kids with scissors and glue yet or they just love to color more than anything, these flower coloring pages will put a smile on their faces. Check your crafting supplies for googly eyes that your kids can glue onto the flowers, once they’re done coloring. For parents of children who color super fast, here is another tip to buy yourself some time: Give your kiddos a few of the google eyes and ask them to find objects in the house that would look funny with eyes on them. Show them on a doorknob or water bottle what you mean and then let them roam free. That’ll keep ‘em busy for an afternoon!
5. Handprint Flower Bookmark
This handprint flower bookmark is a great craft for your younger kids (ages 4-10 years old) who love their books. Frankly, this craft is also ideal for parents who don’t know where to put yet another piece of art their kids created. Once your child has crafted this simple but super personal and sweet bookmark, it just disappears between the pages of their favorite book.
Pick the flower craft(s) that you know will make your child happy and let them do some independent crafting. Who knows how creative they will get without an adult supervising their every step. Allow yourself to enjoy some alone time while your children are having a blast working on their flower crafts!