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Toddler Activities: Colorful Flowers to Welcome Spring or Celebrate Mother's Day

Toddler Activities: Flower Bouquet or add it to a pencil and make a Flower Pencil.

coffee filter flower pencil DESCRIPTION

Here is a simple toddler activity that will create one of a kind flowers. Perfect for that Spring bouquet or for a pretty Mother's Day gift.


  • Coffee filters
  • Food Coloring

  • Vinegar
  • Eyedropper (from baby medications), cut straws or small spoons (child or baby spoon)
  • Pencil (Colored ones make a pretty combo)

  • Ribbon or small vase
  • Note: See tips for other coloring options.


  • Newspaper
  • Tape
  • small containers for dye
  • Cookie Trays were great to work in. Just wipe with paper towel after each liner is completed.

      dropping dye onto coffee filters

    1. Cover your work area with newspaper.
    2. Make dye as you would for dyeing Easter Eggs. Follow directions on package. Durkee Food colors: 1/4 tsp color, 2tsp distilled vinegar and 2/3 cup boiling water.
    3. Using dropper or small spoon, drop various colors of choice until filter is colored how your child likes it.

    4. Let dry on newspaper
    5. When dry, fold a coffee filter in half, fold again. Repeat two or three times depending on how many petals you want and how wide.
    6. cutting coffee filter for flower

    7. Cut a curved shape on the wider end of the folded filter. Cutting deeper on the sides creates longer petals.

    8. Cut 3 filters and open each filter. Lay filters on top of eachother so that the center is lined up. Fold all three together in half and once again into fourths. Snip off the point a very tiny bit(this should be the center of all three filters)

    9. pencil in middle of coffee filter

    10. Open all filters and slide pencil through the hole until the last 1/2 inch.

      secure coffee filter flower to pencil

    11. Bunch up the filters and secure with tape.
    12. Open filters petals and arrange.


  • Wear play clothes! The dye will stain.

  • Save Easter Egg dyes and dye a few coffee filters. Use a cut straw or small dropper to drop onto filter.
  • Use water colors with brushes to create the same effect.
  • Draw with washable markers and spritz with water. Must be washable marker to work!

    Chenille Stems or Pipe Cleaners

    Use chenille stems or pipe cleaners to secure by twisting around base of flower. Make a few flowers, bunch into a bouquet and tie with a ribbon or place in a small vase.

    coffee filter flower using chenille stem coffee filter flower using chenille stem


    Mother's Day is relatively modern, and has been celebrated from about the start of the 20th century. In countries other than the United States, mother's day is also celebrated however, it may be on a different day because of the different origins. In the UK it is called Mothering Sunday and some countries refer to is as International Women's Day. If you have a special note on Mother's Day, please feel free to share it with us! We love to learn new things.

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