In the children’s book Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, we meet a young girl who is often ashamed of her long and unusual name. This can be something that many children experience as they grow up, often times causing them to feel unsure about themselves and who they are.
But as we learn in the story, being unique is what makes us special. Enjoy the book Chrysanthemum with your child, then give this simple chrysanthemum flower craft for kids a try. It is a great way to help kids discover exactly why they are unique and special!
Make a Simple Flower Craft with the Kids
You don’t need too many materials to get this craft started.
Here is what you will need:
construction paper in assorted colors
We found everything we needed for this project at our local Dollar Store. You might also find that you already have most of these supplies on hand!
Begin by tracing your child’s hand 5 to 7 times. Use whichever colors you wish for your flower to be. They usually love this part of the project because it tickles!
Cut the hands out using the craft scissors. Set aside.
Now cut out the stem of your flower. This can be a simple green stem along with some basic ovals for leaves. Assemble the leaves to the stem using the craft glue.
Now, take the hand shapes and create a bloom with them. Joining them at the palm of the hand works well. Use glue to assemble the hands together and keep them in place.
Attach the paper bloom to the top of the stem. A dab of craft glue will do the trick.
Kids can now write on each hand something that makes them special. It can be something like their eyes, their laugh, or their sense of humor. Think about what makes the child special, discuss, then fill in each hand.
Your chrysanthemums can now be displayed so everyone can see what makes the child special. During a time of self doubt, they can look at the flower and remember what it is that makes them unique and different from their peers!
Enjoy the book Chrysanthemum with your child, then give this chrysanthemum flower a craft a try. It is a great way for children to discover themselves!