Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Teaching kids flowers basics

With Memorial Day near, summer is finally upon us!

Beat the summer boredom by spending a day this summer teaching your kids some flower basics and let them try their hand at some arranging! It will teach them not only about plant life, but a little about design as well.

Whether it's a couple of inexpensive grocery store bunches of mixed flowers or some handfuls from your local farmers market, like Capitol Hill's Eastern Market, let them pick what they'd like to work with. Don't be afraid to mix and match bunches to give them some variety.

Help them separate flowers by type, clean off the leaves and carefully cut stems at an angle. Get your water ready by adding flower food. Then let the arranging begin!

Guide them through some simple design ideas by playing with types of containers, flower heights and mixing colors and textures using different types of flowers.

Keep it simple, but give them freedom to have fun, experiment and be creative!

You can even try things like decorating vases with ribbons in their favorite colors.

Have fun enjoying some floral arranging with your kids this summer!

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