Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Daffodils - crafts, activities, resources

Daffodil crafts, activities and resources for toddlers

I love daffodils. They are the first real sign of spring, and their bright yellow colour is a cheerful promise of warmer weather to come. Daffodils are also known as the narcissus or jonquil and they are native to Europe, North Africa and West Asia, as well as some areas of the Western Mediterranean. They grow in early Spring from bulbs planted late in the previous year and have a distinctive bell shaped centre with six petals. They are grown in many different varieties and are mainly different shades of yellow, white or orange. When learning about daffodils with young children it is important to remember that the bulbs and also the leaves are poisonous.

I love this daffodil poem:

Daffadowndilly by A.A.Milne

She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind
And curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
"Winter is dead."

Daffodil crafts

Use some craft foam and a bottle top to make a simple daffodil, includes a printable template.

Egg cartons are great for crafting, and the centre of an egg box carton makes a lovely, easy to make daffodil.

Finally, the daffodils below are made from a painted toilet roll tube and can be found in a guest post that I have written.

Daffodil crafts, activities and resources for toddlers

Daffodil activities

The most obvious daffodil activity is to plant your own! Bulbs are cheap and widely available in the Autumn. They are easy to plant and easy to grow. There are some good instructions on how to plant all types of bulb here - BBC Gardening.

Daffodils appear as the weather is getting nice enough to spend some more time outside. They are fun to spot and count on your walks, and if you have some in the garden they are perfect for picking. Displayed in a nice vase, they make a lovely Spring gift for friends or family.

St. David's Day is celebrated in Wales on the 1st March. The daffodil is the flower of Wales, and on St. David's Day many people wear a daffodil. You can find lots of St. David's Day activities here.

Over on the Twinkl website you can find a free Daffodil Colour by Number Sheet, or for subscribers some Daffodil Colouring Sheets.

Daffodil books

Daffodil products

Daffodil image at top by Katherine McCormack via Unsplash.

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