playing with blossoms- outdoor challenge day 3

The highlight of today was playing with beautiful spring blossoms. Nature has so many natural toys to play with!

My friend Jessica posted about a hyacinth blossom octopus (w/ 6 legs though :)) the other day and I though it was just the cutest thing. I showed this to my little ladies and they saw the blossoms as fancy ladies with pretty skirts instead! 

Their hyacinth ladies were to attend a grand ball! Fauna suggested they add cherry blossom petticoats to their long skirts to make the ball more formal.

At the petticoat shop looking for the perfect petticoats-

Notice the cherry blossom petticoats under the hyacinth dancers-

This one turned over for all to see her viola petticoat, not very lady like, the others scolded her!

A crowded dance floor!

The Princess of the ball with a daffodil petticoat. She also has arms made from a Hawthorn twig.

 Visit the other Great Outdoor Challenge players-

lisasanders, angelina, phyllis, sarah, christie, jennifer, debbie, dong dong, denise, luisa, joy, stephanie, cori, alex, dawn, kristen, catherine, tricia, becky, christy, ruth, kari, courtney, branflakes, jessica, renee, haiku, brynn, amy, clemencia, sherry, leslie, lise, renee, anet, jenn, marina, amy, ella, marcia, karen, beth, julie, kyndale, kelly, lizzie, eileen, ag, mari-ann, cindy, robin, nicole, debbie, julia, renee, anita, lisa, jenn, montessori, marita, jeannie, hallie, mandy, kangaroo, andrea, joey, carmen, teena, stephinie, gidget, elizabeth, emma, rosina, saminda, melissa, katie, becca, atouria, barbara, ariella, missy, elizabeth, sarah, eileen, lisa, stacy, jennifer, tulsileaf, lisa C, morticia, angela, rana

Participants- if the names are only copying and not the links- right click on this file, select save target as, hit download, and then open it up and copy and paste it into your html page on your publishing page. Hopefully this works, Dave made the code and said is should work. Good luck with that ;) or you can simply link them to the updated link post.

It is never too late to join in the challenge, I will add you as requests come in! The challenge is to get out everyday, you don’t need to post everyday if it’s a struggle.

The purpose of Children & Nature Awareness Month is to celebrate the benefits of experiences in the natural world to children, and to all of us, and to offer alternatives to nature-deficit disorder,” said Dr. Cheryl Charles, President and CEO of C&NN.


  • April 21, 2010 - 8:44 pm | Permalink

    Love it! Thanks for the inspiration! We got ourselves outside and made some Azalea Blossom Fairies!

  • April 12, 2010 - 12:37 pm | Permalink

    I always thought those were ballerinas! Oh, no, wait, those were fuscias.

  • April 9, 2010 - 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Your family has the most brilliant imaginations!

  • April 8, 2010 - 10:48 pm | Permalink

    eeeeeek!!! cuteness galore! :)

  • Robin
    April 8, 2010 - 10:03 pm | Permalink

    funny…i meant to write the other comment on the other post…I wonder where I get that from :)

    Anyway these are so cute! Did you press any of them?

  • Robin
    April 8, 2010 - 10:02 pm | Permalink

    You know I was nibbling on redbud blossoms today and my coworkers were making fun of me! I wonder where I get it from :)

  • April 8, 2010 - 6:32 pm | Permalink

    I love these! We will have to try this. Our daffodils are just opening and my tulips are about to. I’m so excited that Spring is finally here.

  • April 8, 2010 - 6:26 pm | Permalink

    How fun! I can’t wait to show this post to my daughter. I know it will inspire her to make some of her own flower ladies.

  • April 8, 2010 - 5:04 pm | Permalink

    Very cute and very creative.

  • April 8, 2010 - 1:02 pm | Permalink

    I’m in love with these little dancers!!! Absolutely adorable! We would love to join your outdoor challenge!! The kids are out there right now!!!! I better get off this computer and join them!!

  • April 8, 2010 - 12:14 pm | Permalink

    My aunt taught me to make hollyhocks into ladies by sticking a pearl head pin in them… I bet that would work for those lil’ flowers too. I still remember the day my aunt showed me, funny how memories work like that.

  • April 8, 2010 - 11:07 am | Permalink

    those are adorable. Have you seen Elsa’s book?

    I posted my first pic for the outdoor challenge today!

  • April 8, 2010 - 10:55 am | Permalink

    A sweet idea and a nice realization !

  • April 8, 2010 - 10:17 am | Permalink

    Ooooo, add me! Thanks for the reply in my blog. I LOVE getting new readers and then finding new blogs to read.

    I LOVE the flower ball. Our grapefruit tree is blooming right now and the scent in my backyard is alarming! It hits you like a brick wall when you open the door to go outside in the backyard. The frost we had and the frigid cold we had (well, as cold as you could imagine in Florida. But it got COLD for about 2 months) killed everything. My Gardenia bush died, all my flowers, my palms. My yard looks like a wild fire came through it. So we will have to find some flowers to make a ball with. I just need to load up on allergy meds first.

    Nice to “meet” you!

    • April 8, 2010 - 11:46 am | Permalink

      ugh, darn cold weather in Florida! That really stinks about your yard. Have fun replanting and picking out new plants!

  • April 8, 2010 - 8:35 am | Permalink

    These are very sweet. I’ve tried commenting 3 times so far and they’re not loading – I hope you don’t get 4 in a row now. But I’ll manually type my link in and see if that works better. We enjoyed your mapping idea a lot! My post from yesterday:

  • April 8, 2010 - 8:33 am | Permalink

    Leave it to your ladies to come up with a hyacinth ball. I enjoy the blossoms too much in my garden (I don’t have many hyacinth) to let my kids take them apart.

    • April 8, 2010 - 9:31 am | Permalink

      the experience and thrill the girls got with this was so worth the destruction. there was plenty left anyway…….

  • April 8, 2010 - 8:07 am | Permalink

    What a fun idea! My daughter would love that.

  • April 8, 2010 - 5:53 am | Permalink

    Oh, I think I lost my submission.

    These are very sweet. I posted yesterday, also. Used your map idea on Tuesday and it was a great hit.

  • April 8, 2010 - 5:51 am | Permalink

    These are very sweet! Our first hyacinth just bloomed – the scent is wonderful.
    I posted today also: Used your map idea on Tuesday, and it was a hit!

  • April 8, 2010 - 4:55 am | Permalink

    That is such a cute idea! My daughter would just love doing that :) We’ve painted with flowers before but never thought of putting faces on them. Love it!

  • April 8, 2010 - 12:31 am | Permalink

    I love this idea! I wish I could get hyacinths to grow here.

    • April 8, 2010 - 11:49 am | Permalink

      Funny, I’m not a big hyacinth lover, their fragrance is too overpowering for me. But they are pretty.

  • April 8, 2010 - 12:16 am | Permalink

    How lovely! I wish I could have been there. That looks like such a fun and fancy event!

  • April 8, 2010 - 12:01 am | Permalink

    What a fancy event! Lovely!

  • April 7, 2010 - 11:05 pm | Permalink

    wow. That is so so so pretty!

  • April 7, 2010 - 10:22 pm | Permalink

    This is soooo sweet and pretty!

  • April 7, 2010 - 9:51 pm | Permalink

    J says they are cute and she wants to do it.:)

  • April 7, 2010 - 9:16 pm | Permalink

    What adorable dancers! I’ll bet your little ladies had a blast with this. :)

  • April 7, 2010 - 9:02 pm | Permalink

    too charming! I wish we had hyacinths, but I know the point is just to get out there and play. My littles were enjoying the sand box today. I relished a morning of hanging laundry!

  • Marilyn
    April 7, 2010 - 8:51 pm | Permalink

    I love this! I used to do this as a child (I turn 60 next week) and try to get my granddaughter to enjoy nature as much as I did! Thanks for sharing!!!

    • April 7, 2010 - 10:15 pm | Permalink

      Thank you so much for the kind words Marilyn. You made me smile! Happy birthday, I’ll be 40 on the 22nd.

  • April 7, 2010 - 8:47 pm | Permalink

    My oh my! I want to go to that ball. So much fun. xo

  • April 7, 2010 - 8:26 pm | Permalink

    this is just the prettiest thing ever!

  • April 7, 2010 - 8:24 pm | Permalink

    I think this is a wonderful posting. I love seeing what children can invent with things that they find outdoors. I think you would like the book Sunflower Houses if you don’t already have it…or Sharon Lovejoy’s blog.. (the author.) love, Beth

  • April 7, 2010 - 8:13 pm | Permalink

    Oh, my! This looks like So-o-o much fun!

    We posted today too.

  • April 7, 2010 - 7:54 pm | Permalink

    This made me smile – we played with hyacinth blossoms today, too – except we painted with them! :)
    xx00 Steph

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