Previous Term: Flowers and Colours

Previous Term: Flowers and Colours

Artist Renata Minoldo joins Mighty Mega to explore the many creative possibilities of flowers and colours, while learning and experiencing the natural world around us.

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Free craft material packs are available, containing some of the less readily available materials used in Renata’s activities — including seeds, dried flowers, skewers and twine. If you would like to request a pack, please email education@discover.org.uk


Week 1

This week embark on a sensational walk, gathering flowers, leaves and petals.

In our first video of this term, join artist Renata Minoldo to learn about collecting and pressing flowers. Explore textures, smells, and colours. You’ll need a box and a thick piece for paper for this activity.

Plus: enjoy the sounds of the forest in this week’s relaxing ASMR video.

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Week 2

Join Renata to learn how to make a bird feeder sculpture made out of natural and compostable materials.

For this week’s activity, you will need: wild bird seed mix, bamboo skewers and some twine, one or more oranges. As well as patience, kindness and the desire to make something new.

After you made your bird feeder and found a nice place to hang it, wait and observe if any new birds come nearby. Practice listening to the birds around you and imagine what they are saying. How many different sounds can you count? If the sounds were colours, what colours would they be?

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Week 3

Explore different ways to naturally dye eggs using edible ingredients — including beetroot, spinach, lemon and butterfly pea flowers. Discover what beautiful colours you can create to serve up and surprise your family and friends on any festive or special occasion.

You’ll need some special ingredients for this week’s activity: some hard-boiled eggs, 1 medium cooked beetroot with its juice, a handful of spinach, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, water and butterfly pea flowers.

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Week 4

Create an artistic masterpiece with Renata using natural inks. 🖌🌸

This week join Renata to discover how to make and use your own colourful inks. You’ll be using the same natural ingredients we used to dye our festive eggs last week. This time, with a few extra special tools to help you create different shapes, lines, and blobs.

You will need: a skewer, pipettes, cotton buds, syringe, rubbing alcohol, paper (preferably thick) and an apron. And, most importantly, an adult to help you use these tools and special ingredients (and with any potential mess!)

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Week 5

Join Renata as she guides you through making flower papers in this week’s video. 🌸✨

Explore different, tools, colours, and textures.

You’ll need some paper (this can be any), an embroidery hoop, pressed flowers, two cutting boards, old towels, dried flowers, and a tray to place your hoop. The softer the paper feels, the easier. You can also purchase embroidery hoops online or collect at your local charity shop.

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Week 6

This week, Renata shares her grandmother’s extra special salt dough activity. 🥣✨

Have fun pressing, moulding and squeezing soft dough into wonderful objects and sculptures. You’ll need: a big bowl, a spoon, cup of salt, two cups of flour (any flour will do), and one cup of warm water.

You can even add inks from Renata’s first session and dried flowers to add colours and texture. Don’t forget to store your final piece into a dry place away from water. It will take a few days to dry — the thicker it is, the longer it may take to dry.

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Week 7

Transform a simple glass jar into something extra special… 🫙🌸✨

Join Renata as she shares her special technique for decorating glass jars with dried flowers.

You’ll need a glass jar, paint brush, PVA glue, a tea light and an adult to help you. Alternatively, you can choose to decorate a cardboard box or bottle.

Share your marvellous creation with a special person, friend, or family member.

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Week 8

Join Renata in this week’s magical, sparkly activity on how to make sugar coated petals. 🌸✨

You’ll need: edible petals, leaves, herbs, a brush, castor sugar, a tea towel, one egg, parchment paper and two small containers.

This activity is super fun and messy. Don’t forget to store your petals in a tight box for a long-lasting effect.

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Week 9

In Renata’s final online session, we will learn how to make seed bombs. This blossoming craft holds seeds and allows them to grow beautifully, protecting your plants from animals or birds eating them.

You’ll need wild seeds; 2 medium bowls, a colander, egg boxes or paper, a sponge, scissors, some water and an adult to help you.

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