Blossom nature activities for younger children

Kirstie Rogers, Education volunteer Kirstie Rogers Education volunteer
Wild cherry blossom

Blossom is fleeting and beautiful. Here are some spring nature activities for younger children to excite their imaginations with blossom and inspire them to make and do.

These activities are designed to be done on in your own garden or whilst on a walk from your home. Whilst on your walk, please observe the government's social distancing guidelines. Remember to wash your hands after handling all plant material and do not put anything in your mouth, or near your face.

Look carefully at the blossom

In your garden or on your walk, look carefully at the blossom on the trees and bushes, and try and answer these questions together:

  • What colour are the flowers? 
  • How many petals are on each flower?
  • What shape are petals on each flower.
  • What does the centre of the flower look like?
  • Is the centre a different colour?
  • How many flowers are grouped together on each branch or stem?

Flutter and dance

A Small Tortoiseshell butterfly on a buddleia

Butterflies love blossom

Butterflies love blossom. Many species are emerging from hibernation now and beginning to feed on the nectar in the blossom flowers. How many different kinds can you spot? This is a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly. They will be laying their eggs soon on fresh young nettles.

Falling blossom

Do the Blossom dance

On a breezy day find a blossom tree and stand under it. As the wind blows through the branches and the petals start to fall like colourful confetti, try to catch a petal. Dance and twirl with the blossom as it falls. Where will the petals fall? Can you catch them? Make a wish if you do!

Blossom painting: (50 things to do before you're 11¾ - No.18 Create some wild art)

If you can, take a photo of the blossom to help you remember it when you get home.
Collect a few different sized twigs - they will be your painting tools later.

Use your blossom observations as the inspiration to create a pointillist masterpiece like those of the 19th-century Impressionist artists Georges Seurat, Paul Signac or Vincent Van Gogh. Pointillist images are built up using dots and dashes of colour.

Equipment: You need poster paints, some paper, twigs, a few blades of grass, and your fingers.

  1. Mix poster paints to get the colours you want for the blossom and the tree branches.
  2. First make the tree shape: use a twig to paint the branches - with a brush, paint along the length of the twig on one side (or dip the twig into the paint), then press the painted side firmly onto the paper to make a branch shape.
  3. Build up your tree shape by painting with different size twigs. 
  4. Then add the blossom petals: dip a fingertip into poster paint and dab lightly on the paper to make the blossom petals. Remember how many petals each blossom flower had.
  5. Fill your tree with blossom.
  6. To finish you could dip some fat blades of grass in green paint and use to draw some grass for your tree to stand on.

If you have a go at any of these activities, share your pics with us using the hashtag #blossomwatch and get in touch using our social media channels below.