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Flower arranging with toddlers

Flower arranging is such a fun and simple activity for children (and adults) of all ages. My upper elementary students love it.

Layla was introduced to flower arranging in her Montessori toddler class last week, so I decided to set up a little station for her at home as well.

Here is what you need (I will go into detail further down):


-a small vase


-plastic placemat or tray



-a crocheted doily

Yesterday we visited the Farmer’s Market and she picked out the sweetest bunch of daffodils. I cut the stems so they would be a good height for her vases.

I found some small vases at Michaels, but my husband also found small juice bottles at an Italian grocery store we go to and they are a great size. You need them to be quite small so your child can carry it independently with water.

I cut a sponge into quarters so it is easier for Layla to use. You will probably have many spills when starting.

I found my placemat at IKEA. A small plastic tray would also work.

Our small funnel is from Ming Wo (a kitchen supply store in Vancouver). It is quite small. Look for one that will fit into your vase.

My mom found small pitchers when she was at the AMS conference, but I have one that is a bit bigger that could be used as well. The most important thing is that you only put the amount of water you need in the pitcher. If you put too much in, there will definitely be a spill.

I bought my doily from Daiso ( a Japanese store in Richmond). I also found some crocheted squares my grandmother made, that I will use next time.