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Toddler Activities: Flower Pens with a Message

Toddler Activities: Flower Pens for Spring or Mother's Day


flower pens with message DESCRIPTION

This project will take a lot of adult help but I received one as a gift from a student while I was teaching. I thought it was such a cute idea and I knew the girls would enjoy selecting the flowers. Below in the Tips and Suggestions, I have some listed a few things you can do to make this a kid friendly activity.

MATERIALS

  • Ball Point pen with removeable plug at top of pen, with clear barrel (BIC, Sakura Jelly Roll). Retractable pens will NOT work.
  • Large silk flower (Available at craft supply stores or stores like WalMart with a craft section)

  • Fabri-tac or Craft Glue
  • Printed message on paper about "fortune cookie size" 2 1/2 inches x 1/2 inch
  • OTHER MATERIALS

  • Scissors
  • STEPS
      removing plug from pen

    1. Remove plug at top of pen. Some pens are tighter and may need a jewelry plier or slim tool to lift off cap. Please be careful when removing. (Adult step only)









    2. Print or write message on xerox paper. Cut about 2 1/2 inches x 1/2 inch. Cut with paper cutter for best results (adult only)
    3. message in pen

    4. Insert message into barrel of pen.

    5. Select flower.
    6. Put some Fabri-Tac Glue or thick Craft glue on "stem" of flower and insert into pen.

    7. Let dry on side so glue does not run down into pen.

    TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS

  • I found the Sakura Jelly Roll pens easy to remove the plug with just a fingernail. The BIC pens I needed my jewelry cutter to lift it off. If you have other brands to recommend especially from other countries....please feel free to send me a comment. I'd be happy to list other types/brands.

  • While a large part of this activity must be done by parents, here is how you can make this a toddler activity and have your child help you.
  • My girls selected the flowers. For fun we first sorted them by color and then discussed what types they thought they were. They were able to recognize tulip and carnation. We confirmed this by comparing pictures on the computer.

    I had them think of a few different messages to put in the pens (Happy Mother's Day, I Love You, We Miss You, Have a Great Day, etc). I printed the message on a piece of paper and let them find the keys and they typed it on the computer. I put it in a large font for them to see well, printed a copy for them to have and then changed it to a small font size for the pen.

    OTHER IDEAS

    Pen Bouquet

    Make a pen bouquet with four or five flower pens and tie with a ribbon.

    EDUCATIONAL NOTE

    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 toddler activity on Mother's Day, please feel free to share it with us! We love to learn new things.






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