Creating a flowery hat at Iver Environment Centre

Over the summer holidays, Iver Environment Centre ran some regular family activity sessions. Sophie enjoyed creating a fairy garden in the last session we attended. In the last week of the holidays, we returned for some flower-themed crafts.

 

Sophie wearing her flowery hat - "Creating a flowery hat at Iver Environment Centre"

 

We arrived a little early for the craft session so we could have time to explore the grounds. This was our third visit and Sophie has already decided on her favourite areas. We started with the orchard. The apples looked much riper than on our previous visit! Sophie spent a few minutes playing with the cup and ball toy before deciding to head over to her other favourite area, the rainforest zone.

 

Sophie sitting on a wooden swing seat

 

Sophie playing with a cup and ball toy in the orchard at Iver Environment Centre

 

Last time she wasn’t too keen on the picture of the tarantula in the rainforest zone but this time she was looking for it! It’s a good job it’s just a picture though. I’m not sure I’d been too keen to venture near it if not.

 

Sophie pointing out the tarantula in the rainforest zone

 

There were some outdoor games set up in one of the areas on our way back. We had a few minutes to spare before the craft session was due to start. Sophie quite enjoyed throwing the hoops even if none of them managed to land on the stick!

 

Sophie throwing hoops at a stick

 

The fairy garden craft session was quite well attended but this time Sophie was the only child down for the craft session. It was a greyer and cooler day than on our previous visit which may have been why it was so much quieter. On the plus side, Sophie enjoyed having the one-to-one attention for the craft activity. This time we were making a flowery hat.

 

The craft table was already set up with a cardboard hat, glue and moss. Sophie was given a bowl and scissors and we headed back out into the gardens to find some leaves and flowers to decorate the hat.

 

Sophie collecting leaves and flowers

 

We collected a mixture of big and small flowers from the various areas in the garden along with a variety of different leaves to go with them.

 

Sophie collecting leaves from the gardens

 

Back in the craft room, Sophie separated the leaves and the flowers. She covered the hat in glue and then stuck leaves over it, covering the top first and then the sides. The next step was to cover the brim with moss before starting to add the flowers. The final step was to add some curled ribbons to the back of the hat. There was a bowl full of different coloured curled ribbons on the table. As there were no other children needing to use them, Sophie decided to add them all! There were a bit too many for the glue to hold in place and we ended up having to staple them on after we got home.

 

Sophie glueing the leaves on her hat

 

Sophie was so pleased with her hat when she’s finished. It was certainly a very pretty one and the flowers lasted a few days before they started to fade. It’s given me a few ideas though for when it comes to Easter bonnet making time next year!

 

Sophie's finished hat covered with lots of colourful flowers

 

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16 Comments

  1. September 22, 2018 / 7:34 am

    That hat is adorable and it’s lovely to see Sophie getting more out of each visit. I was thinking Easter bonnet too #Countrykids

    • Louise
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      September 24, 2018 / 2:31 pm

      She really enjoyed the craft sessions. It’s such a lovely place to visit 🙂

  2. September 22, 2018 / 9:12 am

    That’s a gorgeous hat template, I wonder what they used? We usually just use a cardboard ring or paper plate, I do like this top hat effect though. How surprising to be the only crafter, great for Sophie but a bit of a shame not to have others to chat too and take ideas from and a shame for the organizers. I find it hard here sometimes when I have a big sign up to activity hour then only a few turn up, or the other way round. #CountryKids

    • Louise
      Author
      September 24, 2018 / 2:33 pm

      I was surprised she was the only one especially given how popular the last craft session had been

  3. September 22, 2018 / 5:26 pm

    The hat is so pretty! V impressed with the apple tree as well – I have one in my garden that bore no fruit at all this year! #countrykids

    • Louise
      Author
      September 24, 2018 / 2:33 pm

      Thank you. It was lovely to see all the apples on the trees too 🙂

    • Louise
      Author
      September 26, 2018 / 11:44 am

      Thank you Annette. She had fun making it 🙂

  4. September 24, 2018 / 10:26 pm

    I keep meaning to visit Iver Environment Centre, we always drive past it on the way to my parents’ house. It looks like a lovely way to get the kids involved in nature, and I absolutely adore Sophie’s hat creation. Maybe next time we will see you there! #countrykids

    • Louise
      Author
      September 26, 2018 / 11:46 am

      It is a lovely place to visit. I was the same – drove past it regularly but didn’t visit until this year.

  5. September 25, 2018 / 2:49 am

    That is such a sunshiney, happy hat! Shame Sophie was the only one there but it’s great to hear how her confidence is growing with the spider. I love watching children’s development over things like that, and in just a couple of visits too. #CountryKids

    • Louise
      Author
      September 26, 2018 / 11:48 am

      It is so interesting to see how the way she explores familiar places changes a little each time 🙂

  6. September 25, 2018 / 8:57 am

    What a beautiful creation #CountryKids

    • Louise
      Author
      September 26, 2018 / 11:50 am

      Thank you Helena 🙂

  7. September 26, 2018 / 11:19 am

    Wow, that hat looks fantastic! A lovely idea for a crafting session, and the place seems really nice with it’s different areas and the games put out for kids to play with xx #countrykids

    • Louise
      Author
      September 28, 2018 / 10:59 am

      Thank you. It’s a lovely place to visit and the craft sessions were such fun 🙂

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