Nursery Rhymes are so much fun to share with little ones. One of my favourites is Mary Mary Quite Contrary. It’s a great nursery rhyme to sing in the Spring and the Summer when you’re outside with the children spotting signs of new growth, pretty flowers and maybe even trying your hand at a bit of gardening too!
We’ve got a simple nursery rhyme craft that will really bring Mary Mary Quite Contrary to life.
Our Pop-Up Flower craft lets children enjoy growing their flowers time and time again…as if by MAGIC!
Supplies To Make A Mary Mary Quite Contrary Pop-Up Flower
For each nursery rhyme pop-up flower you will need:
- 2 plastic /paper cups
- 1 plastic drinking straw
- Tissue or crepe paper
- Sticky tape
- Brown Paint
How We Made Our Mary Mary Quite Contrary Pop-Up Flower
For each Nursery Rhyme Pop-Up Flower you will need to cut the bottom out of your first cup. This will form your plant pot. Paint it brown and set it aside to dry.
Then cut the top 3/4 off of the second cup and put a small hole into its base. We just poked a pair of scissors through to make the hole.
Take a few sheets of coloured crepe or tissue paper and cut out some circles to make your flower. We just used an up-turned glass to draw around.
Poke a small hole into the middle of the paper circles and pop in your straw. Use sticky tape to stick the paper flower head onto the straw stem.
Now to make your plant pot! Start with the painted cup the right way up. Tip the small section of plain cup up-side-down and put it into the painted cup. From the underside of the painted cup, use sticky tape to secure it into place. This little section will hold your flower stem and help stop the children pulling the flower right out of the pot.
Put the plant pot the right way up again and pop your straw flower stem through the little hole in the inside.
Why not give your little one a small watering can so they can pretend to water their flower? If you don’t mind vacuuming up a bit of glitter you could even put some into the watering can so children can pretend to pour on water or MAGIC to make their garden grow just like Mary Mary Quite Contrary in the nursery rhyme!
Perhaps your children would like to make a whole row of flowers like Mary Mary Quite Contrary?
They look really pretty sitting on a shelf or windowsill and I think they’d make great little Mother’s Day gifts too!
Nursery rhymes are super fun but sometimes children can really benefit from simple props to go with them. This pop-up flower nursery rhyme craft helps give meaning to the words of Mary Mary Quite Contrary for young children and really brings the nursery rhyme to life in a fun and interactive way.
It gives lots of opportunities for new role play ideas too. Perhaps your little ones might like to open their own florist shop, botanical garden or garden centre?
It of course opens up lots of opportunities to chat about real gardening too and what plants need to help them grow.
If you’re looking for more lovely nursery rhymes ideas here’s a hangout I took part in with some other fab bloggers where we share lots of ideas.
Other nursery rhyme posts:
Humpty Dumpty Eggshell Collage from Here Come The Girls
Wheels on the Bus cooking from Rainy Day Mum
Hickory Dickory Mice from Me and My Shadow
5 Little Ducks from Red Ted Art
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Follow My Little 3 and Me’s board Nature Crafts on Pinterest.
Or perhaps this Pinterest Board full of ideas for outside fun:
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