I used to love making daisy chains as a child. I can remember sitting in the grass in the sunshine, spending ages threading daisies together and seeing how long a chain I could make. It’s a lovely simple activity for a sunny afternoon.
Jessica has had a cold over the last week which has really knocked her for six. She’s had a few days of coming home from school, exhausted, at lunchtime and has needed a sleep in the afternoon. Having a gentle activity like making daisy chains was a good way to encourage her outdoors for a while, without wearing her out too much.
The girls had fun gathering up daisies and buttercups from the garden. Most of the ones they picked were too short to be good for daisy chains. We gave it a go anyway though! I used a safety pin to split the stems ready to thread the daisies. Jessica’s fingernails are too short for her to be able to split the stems and my nails are just too big these days.
Jessica needed a little help with threading each daisy/buttercup through the stem of the flower before. It wasn’t long before she got the hang of it though. It’s a brilliant way of encouraging fine motor skills. She didn’t quite manage to make a long enough chain for a necklace. The flowers did look very pretty in her hair though.
While Jessica was engrossed in making a daisy chain, I had fun making a flower crown. I plaited long pieces of grass together and tied them together to form a circlet. I then wove daisies, buttercups and white clover flowers in amongst the grass stems to make the flower crown.
This year we’re taking part in #30DaysWild – a challenge from the Wildlife Trusts to get outside each day in June, do something wild and connect with nature.