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Reusing old flowers | Flower craft {video}

Happy Friday friends!

Friday means new video day! And HERE is the latest one.

In this video, I show you an arts & craft project LuLu did with a bouquet of flowers that had dried out a bit… We recycled them to be craft supplies and tools!
This is a quick and easy activity to set up & my daughter (miss 4 in 2 months!) had a wonderful time to doing the craft…img_1185

Invitation to play: I set up our craft table with some paper plates of paint and laid out the flowers so she could chose which ones she wanted to use. Then I left her to make her own choices about how she paints & what colours (I just filmed it). The stems of the flowers make wonderful handles! LuLu swished, swirled, dabbed and painted with the flowers & then she painted & glittered the actual flowers!
The end result is actually quiet lovely & sweet, I think these would make a sweet gift from a grandmother or aunt! (The flowers we used are ones that dry & last very well (proteas), I suggest using a similar hardy dried flower if you are wanting to keep them/gift them, however any flower can be used to paint with!)img_1188img_1187

Learning benefits of this activity:

  • Bilateral Co-ordination; Can be strengthened with crafts.
  • Creative skills; Feeling different textures, improving her painting skills & expressing herself with what she likes.
  • Cognitive thinking; Understanding cause & effect (mixing colours,) & visual processing.
  • Motor skills; painting, sprinkling glitter, controlling tricky objects to paint with.
  • Thinking skills; Considering options & making decisions.
  • Problem Solving; Working out ways to paint the flowers.
  • Colour recognition. 

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Beautiful flowers are by; Belle Bouquets. 

flowers · spring · TCOF · toddler · toowoomba

A lovely Spring week… {TCOF 2015}

“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hear to beat” – Laura Ingalls Wilder. 

The weather is warming up and to celebrate we are having such a perfect “Spring” week. I don’t regularly write about our adventures anymore, but I’ve had such a wonderful past few days I wanted to share them!
We’ve Spring cleaned the house, worn pretty Spring time outfits and been to visit one of the lovely parks in our town. This week in Toowoomba our town is celebrating The Carnival of Flowers. I  absolutely love this time of year, Toowoomba is full of beautiful flowers, our parks & gardens are even more stunning than normal and there are so many activities on. 
This weekend we have lots of plans to attend some community events & I am so excited!
We are planning on heading to Bites & Brews Lane on Friday evening, The Toowoomba Farmers Market on Saturday morning & then on Sunday we are hoping to take LuLu to the Kids Day Out. So we have a busy, busy schedule for this upcoming weekend, but it is full of lovely plans and I am so excited about it! I love having things to look forward to.   
This past few days have been flat out busy, but really great days. I love days like that!
On Sunday, Monday & Tuesday I Spring cleaned our home, using THIS list. I’ve pretty much completed everything inside, we just have to focus on the outside now. I am so proud that LuLu & I got so much done while Trent was working. She is such a good little helper. 

I told her that Mumma needed to mop and vacuum on Tuesday so she ran & got hers! 

Also this week I finished off her birthday invites and delivered them, less than 1 month until her birthday party!
Yesterday Trent started days off, so we headed to town to check out Queens Park. LuLu loved sniffing the flowers & patting them (she may have picked 1 or 2, sorry TRC & TCOF). She was also very excited to see a few “pups” & “bubbas” out enjoying the the beautiful blooms & sunshine. 
I apologise in advance for the amount of flower photos which you are about to see, I am kind of obsessed with taking photos of my sweet little girl & flowers!

All photos are taken in Queens Park – Toowomba, QLD. Please do not reuse these images in anyway without my permission. 

If you are local to Toowoomba or live close by I really encourage you to make an effort to come check out at least one of our beautiful parks or one of the prize winning gardens, they really are spectacular. 
I dream of having beautiful gardens full of flowers, one day! I love going through the gardens pointing out to Trent what flowers I want in our “dream flower bed”. He just nods. I may get to plant some flowers shortly though for LuLu, as yesterday Trent also started construction on her cubby house and I would love to plant some flowers near there so she has her own little garden. So let me know any suggestions for easy to grow bright & beautiful flowers! 
I hope you are all having a lovely week and if you are out & about in Toowoomba this weekend, I might see you around!




“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow” – Audrey Hepburn.