The Japanese art of Ikebana holds a great fascination in the adult world with its elegant and stylized arrangements of floral stems. The tall blossoms or leaves are like the branches of a tree while the blooms which are cut short are similar to little bushes or clumps of grass – a small world created in a ceramic dish. This concept of the miniature can also hold equal interest with our own minis, who love setting up their unique bite-sized versions of reality.
A relatively easy Sunday project to set up, with only tinfoil containers, floral foam, scissors, and fleurs of choice (all but the fresh flowers can be found at the dollar store, which I know is ruining the earth, but which is also frustrating full of great craft supplies), and the kiddos can go to town after a brief introduction to the main concepts. A book that is recommended for teaching children the elements of design is Ikebana: Create beautiful flower arrangements with this traditional Japanese art (Asian Arts and Crafts For Creative Kids) by Shozo Sato.
(all images and book recommendation from Heather Greenwood, Domo Arigato Heather!)