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Floral bookmarks: an activity for children of all ages. Bookmarks are very useful and also make a great gift for Mother’s Day. In this activity, children will have an opportunity to let their creativity bloom as they arrange a variety of bookmark designs.
- Collect a variety of flowers and leaves while on a hike.
- Simply use the parts of flat flowers and leaves for this activity OR dry the sample by using a flower press or by placing it in a telephone book lined with absorbent paper (such as newspaper) and leaving it for 7-10 days. Put another heavy book on top of the telephone book for extra weight if needed. You can also use the microwave method (as shown below) to dry your samples.
- Read the following for more information on how to press flowers or watch the video below:
- Farm Anatomy (p.212) by Julia Rothman – highly recommended for children ages 5-11. (R)
- Cut card stock paper in strips such as 2.5″ x 8″ or 2″ x 6″ or 7″. If using packing tape (which is not as sturdy as laminating), you will need two cut pieces of the same length.
- Once dried, arrange the flowers and leaves to create a design on card stock (may need to use tweezers for this) and attach the petals using glue and a toothpick. And/or if wanting to create a transparent design, arrange the flowers and leaves face-down (to protect the fragile petals) on the laminating pouch or packing tape, instead of the card stock. (Please note that packing tape is not as sturdy as laminating pouches.) See video below if using the packing tape method.
- Write it’s name under each flower if desired (consider including the scientific name).
- Using a computer, print a quote or Bible verse to include on the other side of the bookmark (optional).
- Laminate (using laminater instructions) or cover the page with clear self-sticking shelf paper or the second piece of packing tape and then trim around the edges.
- Punch a hole in the center and embellish with a ribbon.
- Give to a favorite mom for Mother’s Day!