Celebrate Mother’s Day by making this Flower Family Shapes Craft with your toddler or preschooler. Using basic shapes like hearts, circles, and rectangles cut out of construction paper, create a cute and simple flower family plus a “peek-a-boo” flap to show the flower roots and insects “underground.” Here is what you will need to recreate this craft at home:
- 1 blue sheet of construction paper
- 1 brown sheet of construction paper
- 1 green sheet of construction paper
- Assorted colors of construction paper (for flower petals and insects)
- glue stick
Use the blue sheet of construction paper as the base of the craft. Put the green and brown sheet of paper together and cut them in half. Make sure they are the same size. Using your glue stick glue the brown half-sheet of paper to the bottom of the blue paper. Make a 1/2 inch crease at the top of the green paper, glue and attach to the top of the brown half-sheet so it covers it completely and can easily be lifted.
Talk with your little learner about the different parts of a flower (stem, petals, leaves, roots) and brainstorm together what different shapes you will need to make your flower family. We decided on rectangles for our flower stems. We made one longer stem for the “mom” flower and shorter rectangles for the “kid” flowers. We cut hearts out for the flower petals and glued three at the top of each stem. Orange circles in the middle were perfect for labeling our flowers. You can also use hearts for some leaves on the stems. We decided to cut a circle in fours and use one piece to add a sun in the corner and decided that would be “daddy.”
Once we finished the flowers at the top of the paper, we moved on to the “underground” part of the craft, under the green flap. We talked about the roots that grow under the dirt and the bugs who live there. We used the other half of the green constuction paper to cut additional rectangles and includ them as roots for each flower. Our two insects of choice were an ant and a worm. We used three black circles to make our ant and three thin rectangles to make our worm. And my daughter insisted they both have smilie faces so we drew some on with a marker. That’s it! Let your little learners enjoy peeking underground and learning about the parts of a flower!