Summer Flower Walk and Other Fun Flower Activities

Summer Flower Walk and Other Fun Flower Activities

Here at Sparkles and Sprinkles, we have stepped away from the computer for quite a while… the sunshine and the garden were calling, and we just had to answer.  But we are hopping back into our blog for a bit to bring you some ideas that you can take right back outside:  a flower scavenger hunt, flower arranging for kids, painting a floral still life, and more.  Enjoy!

Summer Flower Walk

Where we live, it gets too hot in the afternoon to spend much time outside, but our daughters love early morning walks.  This weekend our 7-year-old asked if we could do the spring flower scavenger hunt that we had created for Mother’s Day.  This gave us a great opportunity to talk about how different flowers bloom at different times of year, and inspired us to make another flower scavenger hunt for the summer.  

flower walk french english scavenger hunt
summer flower walk french english anglais francais
zinnia flower scavenger hunt

Click on the images below to download your free summer flower scavenger hunt card!  One is in English and the other is bilingual in French and English.  When you print it, print in landscape.  Choose “print on both sides of paper” and click “flip on short edge” in order to make it into a card to invite someone on a flower walk.  Or simply print the first page if you only want a one-sided scavenger hunt page.  It can be printed on regular printer paper, but we recommend cardstock.

summer flower scavenger hunt

Summer Flower Walk in English

french summer flower scavenger hunt francias anglais

Summer Flower Walk (French and English)

Books to enjoy about flowers

When the afternoon heat makes staying inside in air conditioning the best idea, we have some suggestions for you on books we love with a flower theme.  Miss Rumphius and Katie and the Impressionists.  We are also enjoying a delightful new book by Sarah Mackenzie that is inspired by Miss Rumphius. It’s called A Little More Beautiful.  The images below are links to Amazon if you are interested in purchasing the books, or you can find them at your local library.

Making bouquets

Children seem to naturally love making bouquets, so we love to plant flowers that thrive when cut… roses, zinnias, cosmos, and verbena to name a few.  We also love adding sweet smelling accents to our bouquets – lavender, mint and rosemary – these plants tend to thrive and spread year after year without much care (that’s a big plus when growing a garden of children is really our primary job!).  To help your children make a bouquet, give them options for what can be cut in the garden, then cut the flowers they choose.  (Alternatively, if you don’t have a garden, picking up a bouquet from the store and allowing your children to cut the flowers and make smaller arrangements can also be fun!)  Then allow your child to pick a sturdy, small vase or jar.  Give your children time to arrange the flowers to their liking… a great opportunity for everyone to really take the time to stop and smell the flowers.   

wild flowers to arrange
flower arrangement for kids
wild flower arrangement

Art inspired by flowers

To give your children a chance to really look closely at flowers, painting a still life can be so much fun!  Bringing paper and painting supplies outside to paint in the garden can also be delightful!  Some of our favorite art supplies for painting flowers, and especially painting outside, are the Canson Mixed Media sketch book (great heavy weight paper and easily transportable small size) and Faber-Castell watercolor pencils (sketch and then brush with water) or washable watercolors for younger children.   

flower sketch
flower water color

Enjoy the beauty of summer!

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April showers bring May flowers

April showers bring May flowers

We have a bouquet of flower-themed crafts, gifts and games for you for the month of May…

I often say that really every day is Mother’s Day for me because it is truly such an amazing gift to be a mom!  Some beautiful bouquets of flowers came early this Mother’s Day weekend and reminded me how much joy flowers can bring, even when life is already overflowing with so many blessings.

We wish we could send a bouquet of flowers to all of the moms reading this post today, but since we can’t, we are sending you a bouquet of ideas you can enjoy with your children… and a bouquet of prayers for you too!

hand print flower

Hand Print Flower - Fun for Toddlers!

Simply use a wide paint brush to paint your child’s palm and fingers with washable paint.  (We used Crayola Washable Project Paint.  It has a nice consistency.)  Help your child to place his or her hand towards the middle of a piece of cardstock or other thick paper.  Then allow your child to finger paint a stem on the flower and other decorations on the page.  Just have some wet wipes ready to wipe the paint from your little one’s hands after the painting is complete!

perler bead flowers

Perler Bead Flowers - Fun for Bigger Kids!

These are so simple, yet surprisingly fun!  You can use them as game pieces (see our Flower Bingo game below), as table decorations, or just play with them.  It’s amazing what a little imagination can do!

Use perler beads with any cicular perler bead form.  Place one perler bead in the center, and surround the center with one ring of perler beads.  Iron according to package instructions (remember the parchment paper!).

If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.

– Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Do you want to go on a spring flower scavenger hunt?  This can be a fun way to learn about the names of flowers while enjoying the beauty of God’s creation in the springtime. 

We have a free printable for you!  It comes in 2 versions that can be made into a card to invite someone on a flower scavenger hunt.  One says “Happy Mother’s Day!” on the front.  The other has a blank front that could be decorated for Mother’s Day or any celebration for someone who loves flowers.  To make these printables into cards, print them doubled sided (flip on the short side), and fold in half.  You could also simply print the first page to have a flower scavenger hunt without making it into a card.

We are in growing zone 7, so these are some flowers that tend to be in bloom in mid spring around our home.  If you are in a different growing zone or want to make a flower scavenger hunt for a different time of year, simply copy and paste flower images and names into a Word document.  We often use to find free images.  If flower seed catalogues or magazines arrive at your home, having children cut and paste images from such publications could also be fun.

You could go on the flower scavenger hunt in your neighborhood or visit a nearby public garden, or even a garden center.


flower scavenger hunt
flower scavenger hunt

The back of the card has some fun questions about flowers you can talk about and some quotes about flowers to consider as well. 

  Sweet April showers do spring May flowers.

– Thomas Tusser

marsh blue violet
lily of the vallet

When I was a little girl we would sometimes go searching for what we called “May flowers” in the woods around our house (it turns out these dainty purple flowers are actually called wild violets, but they are one of the first flowers to bloom in the springtime woodlands).  We would then make little construction paper packages tied with yarn, and hang them on our neighbors’ door handles.  I loved this idea of spreading a little joy and a happy surprise to neighbors.  While living in France during college, I was delighted to see that this is not simply a childhood pleasure.  On the first of May in France, there are lily of the valley flowers (they call them “muguets”) for sale all around, and people offer them to friends to wish them a happy day.  Here is a link about the history of this French tradition.


Offering flower seeds or a small potted flower can be a sweet gift to bring a smile to someone’s day… for May Day, for Mother’s Day or any springtime day!

 For this little gift, we placed a package of seeds (with directions for planting) in a 3″ round Jiffy pot.  We punched a hole at the top, and used a narrow ribbon to tie on a gift tag.  Then we topped it off with some tissue paper.  Our free printable tags come with three different options – one for May Day (“May God bless you abundantly today and every Day!”), one for Mother’s Day (“Happy Mother’s Day!”), and one blank to write your own message.

jiffy pot flower gift
jiffy pot tags
jiffy pot gift
jfffy pot flower gift
jiffy pot gift

Earth laughs in flowers.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

How about a game to bring even more joy and smiles to springtime?  If you are looking for a flower-themed game, you could try our flower BINGO game, available on Etsy.  The game features beautiful photos of real flowers.  There are 10 unique cards (but if you have more players, players could play in pairs or small groups).  The game comes with printable bingo chips, but you could also use perler bead flowers (see above in this post), or other chips of your choice.

This could be a fun game for a tea party, a Mother’s Day brunch, a bridal shower, or a garden-themed birthday party. 

We recently used this BINGO game for a science lesson with our homeschool group to learn the names of the flowers that surround us.

flower bingo
flower bingo
flower bingo

What are your favorite flowers and why do you love them? 

Where have you seen the most beautiful flowers?

We would love to hear from you!  Please comment below to share what you love about flowers.


My favorite flowers are hydrangeas. They became my favorite flower when I saw them growing in an abundance of colors along the Atlantic Coast in a little French town called Biarritz.

Sparkles and Sprinkles Dad brought home this beautiful bouquet the other day for Sparkles and Sprinkles Mom He knows my favorite flowers well!


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