showers bring May flowers, and to celebrate these May goodies,
there's Squashing Flowers, Squeezing Leaves by Klutz
Press--a flower press kit that not only includes instructions and
design ideas, it's got a package of supplies bound right into the
back of the book!
Most of the fun involved with pressed flower projects occurs before
and after the actual "pressing" process, which
can take 2-4 weeks. However, this art form creates rich learning
This book walks children through the steps of collecting
beautiful specimens from nature (flowers and leaves, so it's not
just a spring/summer activity), readying flowers for pressing, the
"set" and "press process, and the project stage.
Clear instructions and gorgeous photos and illustrations don't
just invite children to participate, they practically beg
them to get involved.
Projects include bookmarks, greeting cards
and stationery, place mats, nature critters, sun catchers, and
even lampshades. Bound into the back of the book is an envelope of
supplies (copper tape, acetate sheets, laminate, sticker paper,
and rubber bands), as well as a foldout, sturdy flower
Children approximately ages 8-10 will enjoy this project with
help from their caregivers, and kids 11-up should be able to do
the projects with minimal help. Even adults will enjoy this kit.
The photos are stunning and the instructions are never
See our choices for other excellent art kits by Klutz in our article.
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