Creating Cherry Blossoms

Reader Project

It is cherry blossom mania here in D.C. Throngs of visitors have descended on the Tidal Basin to experience the beauty of the blossoms. If you're not one of the lucky visitors to experience them first hand, don't despair. One of our Washingtonian readers, Leianne, came up with a wonderful cherry blossom craft to share with her twins' preschool class.

Leianne writes: My twins, Chloe and Noi are in the cooperative play program in Washington, DC for ages 2 to 4 years old. My craft at their school showcases the cherry blossom fever that hits DC once a year. I started out with popcorn, blue construction paper, wood grain contact paper and glue. I precut the tree branches and stuck them to blue construction paper. Then I let the kiddos go to town with glueing on the popcorn blossoms. There was a lot of eating that went on - it was a double craft and snack. The end result was a lesson about the friendship that was created by the gift of the cherry blossoms between the United States and Japan.

The results are so cute (and tasty). We love the extra detail of using faux bois contact paper. Great idea, Leianne!

(Images: Leianne Clements)