With days getting longer our life seems to speed up especially as school gets busy with this last half term in the UK and finding moments to slow down and sit outside are important for me with the kids. Making Daisy Crowns is one of my favourite sit down and connect activities with T and she loves wearing them (she even went to bed with her crown on).
The garden lawn is full of daisies as are the parks and fields that we visit and it's a must do summer activity of making a daisy crown - so sitting together on a summer morning we looked at the lawn and discovered the daisies were in full bloom where the sun was shinning on them and went and picked them collecting as many as we could.
Have you ever picked daisies with a 3 year old - they pick the flower no stem just the flower but for a crown we need the stems so with time spent together delving into the grass talking about the parts of a flower and laughing as we tried to pick the same daisy we collected a bunch of long stem daisy flowers from the lawn to sit and make a crown with (we had two piles one for her and one for me).
We sat and took a daisy and I showed her how to split the stem using a finger nail pressing down to break through and make a hole - her nails weren't strong enough so we took time to work together breaking the stems of the daisy with a small slit that we could thread the next daisy through.
Sitting together on the deck I helped her thread the daisies together splitting each new one as we went along, chatting with her about fairies in the garden, lego that she wanted to build, the clouds in the sky that were making shapes.
As the chain of daisies grew longer we kept trying it on her head and chatting more about things that she wanted to talk about and I sat and listened and joined in - with busy days getting backwards and forward for the school run I tend to half listen especially as most of her conversations are "WHY?" but sitting spending one on one time with her I learnt so much more.
With the crown complete join the last stem with the first by threading it through. We then spent time dancing around the garden exploring the natural environment that lies beyond our garden gate.
There are so many little summer activities like this that you can connect with your kids and join them stopping for a moment - 15 minutes, 30 minutes or an hour out of the day to sit and do something together that is for them. Have a look at our slow down summer bucket list of simple free or very cheap activities that you and the kids can do at home together.