PAPER FLOWERS - Fun Activity for Kids - Retirement residence - GIVING BACK - How to help - Great volunteering ideas!

Paper flowers are a great way to brighten someone's day! Perfect idea for your local retirement residence.

I'm doing a series of ways kids can get involved with giving back. These are all crafts we've done at home and with a large group. 

Here are my five categories we'll be involved with this month and I'll post ideas for each one.


Who wouldn't love a homemade colorful flower!? Seniors enjoy the company and just coming to visit could brighten their day. The flower is a bonus. :)

This craft is easy for little kids to do. Parents can pre-cut circles and kids can pick colors, layer circles and help with the pipe cleaner. We've done this with kids as young as three!

Tissue paper
Circle cardboard template
Pipe cleaner

You pick how big or small you'd like the flowers to be. In groups we used templates cut from old cereal boxes.

You could also trace a cup or bowl for the template.

I fold the tissue paper and cut several of the template at a time. Be careful not to stack too many because the tissue paper shifts a little.

 10-12 circles of tissue paper per flower. I used 12 for these since I was keeping a pattern. Normally 10 will work fine.

Staple in the center.

Since we are making 4 table centerpieces we did a mass assembly.

Cut a slit on either side of the staple by folding over just a little.

Insert pipe cleaner from the bottom of one side and down the other side making both them the same length.

View from underneath. 

Twist the two pieces together. This makes them a little more sturdy.

Now just bunch together each layer one at a time. I like to bunch and press down.

(optional) Take a 4" pipe cleaner to add as a leaf.

Sihouette Christmas Tree Mason Jars TUTORIAL

Other ways to show the seniors you care:

Bring real flowers!! This was 2006!!!
Every flower came with a hug. :D

It's better to bring something small if they don't have room or ability to take care of it. Air plants or succulents would be a great idea.

Holidays we bring candy, mini cupcakes, or small gifts.

For Valentine's day we brought lotion and St. Patrick's Day little clover necklaces.

Chocolate dipped Nutter Butter cookies

RICE KRISPIE lollipop treats 

Ask if you can come help with special events or bingo days.

He started calling bingo at 4 years old and.....

Now 15 and still calls bingo at the same residence. 

Recently someone brought the flowers after their wedding. I bundled up small bouquets and the boys handed them out to all the ladies.

Please share other ideas!

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