DLTK's Educational Activities for Kids
Daffodil Egg Carton Craft
Children under 4 can easily paint the cup for the daffodil, but the rest pretty much needs a child who's age 4 and up.
This is a great craft to do with the Mary, Mary Quite Contrary nursery rhyme, but it's also a nice spring craft.
Personally, my favorite use for it is as a bouquet of crafted daffodils in a hand decorated jar served with breakfast in bed (to me!) on Mother's Day *grin*.
Suggestion from Lisa:
"For the daffodil craft for younger children they could use a green straw taped to the flower instead of rolling up the paper for the stem!"
Materials you will need for the daffodil are
- an egg carton cup. Cardboard works far better as poster paint won't stick to the styrofoam. If you're using styrofoam, just leave the cup white.
- Yellow paint (if you chose to paint the cup)
- glue or tape
- green construction paper
- printer and white paper
- This is the alternative that we used.
- Instead of printing out the color Templates, print out the black and white template and trace it onto a piece of cardboard.
- Let the children use this cardboard template to trace the shapes onto colored construction paper.
- Print out the template of choice and cut out the template pieces (at this point you can use the cardboard alternative if you desire.
- Color or paint the template pieces as required.
- Take a whole sheet of construction paper and roll it as tight as you can into a tube
- the kids won't be able to roll it too tightly... That's ok, just have them do it as tight as they are able.
- Oh, the look of concentration you'll see during this step... You'd think they were performing brain surgery!
- Glue or tape the construction paper so it stays as a tube. We found that tape worked better.
- Flatten and tape the end of the end of the tube so you have a surface to attach your flower to.
- Cut a single egg carton cup from the egg carton. Trim the edges so they aren't jagged.
- Paint the egg carton cup yellow.
- Paint the inside too!
- Glue the petals to the flattened part of the green tube
- Glue the egg carton cup to the center of the petals
- Glue the leaves onto the tube toward the bottom of the "stem" (if you'll be making a jar full of these as a bouquet, you'll want to put the leaves a bit higher up the stem).
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).