Go back to your own childhood by showing your little ones how to make a daisy chain. This will help with hand/eye coordination, patience, counting skills, and comparative language (bigger/smaller, taller/shorter).
How Long will This Take Me?
This can keep children pre-occupied for quite some time. Start with them to offer a helping hand and show any tips, and then let them get on with creating their own. Once they know how to make a daisy chain, this is an activity that they will repeat for many years to come! This is best in warmer months, when daisies grow in abundance.
What Will I Need?
- Lots of daisies!
- Friends to make it all more fun
- Fairly long nails (if you all have very short nails, improvise a safe tool to help)
How Do I Do It?
- Find somewhere with plenty of daisies.
- Show the children the best type of daisy to pick to make a chain – longer stalks make life much easier.
- Explain how to use a thumbnail to split the stalk halfway down.
- Thread another daisy through the hole, then split this stalk… carry on until the daisy chain is a length you/they are happy with!
- Suggest different things that the daisy chains could be made into – headbands, bracelets, necklaces, crowns, even to go around the kitchen table!
- If they dry their daisy chain in the airing cupboard, it will last a long time and can be used to decorate the kitchen, their bedroom, the bathroom – or wherever you like.
- In ancient Roman times, daisy juice was used to treat and heal wounds
- The life cycle of a daisy is 2 years
- Daisies grow everywhere in the world apart from in Antarctica
- Daisy leaves are edible and are rich in vitamin C