#30DaysWild – Daisy chains and flower crowns

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 wearing a flower crown made of woven grass, daisies, buttercups and white clover - "#30DaysWild - Daisy chains and flower crowns"

 

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.

 

Sophie gathering daisies in the garden

 

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.

 

Splitting the daisy stem with a safety pin

 

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.

 

Jessica concentrating on threading the daisy through the stem

Jessica with her daisy and buttercup chain in her hair

 

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.

 

Sophie wearing 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. You can find out more about #30DaysWild here.

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23 Comments

  1. June 13, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    Aww what a lovely thing to do. My two adore making daisy chains and daisy pompoms too. It makes it feel like summer!
    Nat.x

    • Louise
      June 18, 2017 / 11:58 am

      It is a lovely summery activity to do, isn’t it? 🙂

  2. June 16, 2017 / 11:29 pm

    These are great! I used to love making these as a kid but I have totally forgot how to make them anymore… I hope Jessica is feeling better now xx #countrykids

    • Louise
      June 21, 2017 / 8:43 am

      Thank you. It’s funny how easily you forget how to make them. Jessica is feeling better now, thanks x

  3. June 17, 2017 / 9:48 am

    Their little headdresses are adorable. I keep meaning to make daisy chains here with the children but have the same problem as you – I can’t split them with my nail now without breaking them. A safety pin is a great idea, I’m going to give it another go! I hope Jessica is over her cold now and able to enjoy the lovely weather we have this weekend. Gorgeous photos by the way.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    • Louise
      June 21, 2017 / 8:45 am

      Thanks Fiona. The safety pin is so much easier than trying to split them with a fingernail, although it would be good for the girls to learn how to split them with their nails at some point. Jessica is much better now too, thank you 🙂

  4. June 17, 2017 / 2:46 pm

    Ahh your little one looks gorgeous in her crown, you did such a good job. My girls love to make daisy chains too but we’ve not done browns before, so we’ll have a go, thanks. Mich x #CountryKids

    • Louise
      June 21, 2017 / 8:48 am

      The crowns were fun to make – I’d not tried them before but they were so simple to do 🙂

  5. June 17, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    So… I’ve apparently been doing daisy chains wrong! haha. Your’s look amazing. I’ve been tying knots and then its always a huge mess. I’m going to clip a safety pin into my ergo so the next time we are out and the boys want to make one I’ve got the pin with me and I’ll try your method. Daisy picking is one of my favorite past times with the boys! #CountryKids

    • Louise
      June 21, 2017 / 8:49 am

      Daisy picking is always fun. The safety pin works well for splitting the stems 🙂

  6. June 17, 2017 / 10:15 pm

    Love the flower crown – Sophie looks very proud with it on #countrykids

    • Louise
      June 21, 2017 / 9:12 am

      Thank you, we had fun making them 🙂

  7. June 20, 2017 / 9:33 am

    Oh these are so lovely! #Countrykids

    • Louise
      June 21, 2017 / 9:16 am

      Thank you 🙂

    • Louise
      June 21, 2017 / 9:16 am

      Thanks Merlinda. They’re easy to make 🙂

  8. June 21, 2017 / 12:45 pm

    I like the way you made the flower crown. Fabulous idea. My girls still sit out making daisy chains. You’re right about it being a good way to get hem outside, without too much activity. Hope Jessica is feeling better. #Countrykids

    • Louise
      June 28, 2017 / 10:23 am

      Thanks Cheryl, she’s back to her usual self now 🙂

  9. June 21, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    What a lovely activity. I’m sure my daughters will love doing this too when they are older. #CountryKids

    • Louise
      June 28, 2017 / 10:24 am

      Thanks Helena, it’s a lovely activity to do 🙂

  10. June 21, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    This is such a fantastic challenge! I love daisy chains in fact you have reminded me of a baby photo I have somewhere of Monkey with a daisy chain on his head. Kipper has become obsessed with trying to eat them lately. Maybe we should give this ago instead. The girls look lovely xx #CountryKids

    • Louise
      June 28, 2017 / 10:25 am

      I can see how Kipper wanting to eat them would make it a little more challenging! 🙂

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