(Note: This post was written by KFDC contributor Katie Winter, an educator and local mom of two young children.)
While many of the 2021 cherry blossom festivities may be different this year, there are still many ways to celebrate and learn about the iconic flowers at home! Check out this KFDC post about ways families can celebrate the 2021 cherry blossom season, this new one about seeing blooming cherry trees at a local spot, and read on for cherry blossom-inspired activities at home!
The start of spring excites our kids to get outdoors and see the beauty of nature. Cherry blossoms and budding flowers can be seen all around the DC area this time of year. Many locals will find them at their local parks or even in their own backyard. Have a future gardener at home? Here is a great Flower Garden Building Kit that will encourage endless pretend play indoors. Ready to plant your own at-home garden? Try this Flower Growing Kit! Below you will find some craft ideas and books to get your little ones engaged in the season!
After you’re done admiring the flowers outside, make some at home! These crafts require minimal materials — most of which you can, hopefully, find around your house.
Cherry Blossom Windsock from iHeartCraftyThings
Popcorn Cherry Blossom Tree from Glued to My Crafts
Cherry Blossom Art from Recycled Soda Bottle from Alpha Mom
Egg Carton Flower Craft by Glitter on a Dime
Easy Flower Candy Recipe by Shugary Sweets
Time to freshen up your child’s bookshelf with some captivating flower books! Whether learning more about cherry blossoms and other Japanese traditions, or admiring beautiful flower illustrations, these books are a great way to kick off conversations about this time of year, featuring cherry blossoms or other springtime flowers. All of them fun and informative reads for little ones!
Planting a Rainbow (Ages 0-3)
Cherry Blossoms Say Spring (Ages 4-8)
Spring: A Pop-Up Book (Ages 2-5)
The Big Book of Blooms (Ages 3-8)
The Tiny Seed (Ages 3-8)
Pinkalicious Cherry Blossom (Ages 4-8)
Cherry Blossoms and Paper Planes (Ages 4-8)
Flowers (Ages 4-8)
Thea Stilton and the Cherry Blossom Adventure (Ages 7-10)