I cut them off right below the flower so the stems were just an inch or two long, and I pulled the petals off a few of them. I put them in the little plastic box I keep for sensory boxes and waited for Cricket to explore!
She had so much fun! She had never really gotten to play with flowers hands-on before. Usually I'm telling her to be gentle and just smell it, so it was great to let her explore them. She played with it for about thirty minutes. We talked about parts of the flower and the colors she saw.
She loved to smell the flowers over and over.
She would take them in and out of the box.
She liked dropping the petals from her fingers.
Her favorite part was pulling the carnation petals out and sticking her fingers in the empty pods.
Eventually, she started throwing it all like confetti.
It was the loveliest and sweetest smelling mess I've ever had to clean up in my kitchen.
Now you try it!