This is one of our favourite activities to do with or without kids. And although I found bashing flowers with a hammer quite uncomfortable at first, it brings such unexpected and beautiful results it was worth the discomfort.

Doing this activity with children is great way to introduce educational topics such as identifying plants, trees and flowers that grow in your country. Using your senses to touch, smell, look at and even hear (trees or plants swaying in the wind). Discuss a plant’s life cycle and their importance in the food chain. So many great topics to open up a discussion about, not to mention the incredible calming effect nature can have on a child (or adult).

What You Need:

  • A range of collected flowers and foliage
  • Plain card (or paper if you don’t have card)
  • A rubber mallet (or hammer)
  • Masking tape (or washi tape, or sellotape but be careful as sellotape can sometimes tear your paper)

How To Make:

  1. Collect a range of seasonal flowers and foliage.
  2. Carefully arrange a small selection of flowers and/or foliage into a simple composition on top of a piece of card (or paper) taped in place. We found the simpler the better otherwise you get a big messy mush and can’t identify the different plants.
  3. Then place another piece of card or paper over the top and again tape in place.
  4. Next (with adult supervision), hammer the whole composition. You will be able to see where the plants are under the paper as the sap will start to appear through the top sheet. Note; you do not need to hammer too hard otherwise it will just squash the plants to a pulp. Experiment with different levels of hammering until you get the right feel for it. Also you will need to do this on a hard surface that will not damage or a piece of old hardboard.
  5. Carefully peel back the top sheet.
  6. Admire your beautiful or unexpected piece of botanical art.
  7. We found that some plants and flowers that contain more liquid did not always give the best results and some colours did not print how you would expect.
  8. Our 3 favourites though were Bluebells, Grape Hyacinth and Purple Clematis.

Please note, we do recommend adult supervision for this activity. Also remember to be mindful that some plants can be poisonous, have thorns, will sting or belong to someone, so if in doubt do not pick them.