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Pressing Flowers


Help children learn about pressing flowers to use in craft projects. The Kids Project: Pressing Flowers Web site has instructions for pressing flowers using both flower presses and heavy books (including old phone books). Instructions for suncatchers, bookmarks, and other projects are included. How about planning to make a pressed flower bookmark for Mother's Day?

After pressing flowers, invite students to compare and contrast: How are the pressed flowers like the unpressed flowers? How are they different?

These activities would be great as family projects too.

Note to Teachers: Before working with flowers or other natural items, be sure to recheck information about student allergies and adjust activities accordingly. Make sure you know about the plants you offer, and adapt the activities to the ages of your students.


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