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Make a Spring Bouquet
If you're impatient for spring to arrive, bring some spring-flowering branches indoors to bloom.
  • Spring-flowering branches (forsythia, dogwood, apple, honeysuckle, flowering quince or pussy willow)
  • Garden clippers
  • Hammer
  • Vase
Step 1
Collect Branches

On a nice winter day, take your child on a walk to collect such branches as forsythia, dogwood, apple, honeysuckle, flowering quince or pussy willow. Encourage your child to look for branches with lots of buds. Using a pair of garden clippers, cut the branches in lengths of about 1-2 feet.

Step 2
Put Branches In Vase

At home, crush the cut ends of the branches by pounding them gently with a hammer. Have your child arrange the branches in a vase of warm water. (Crushing the ends helps the branches to "drink" the water.)

Step 3
Wait For Blooms

Put the vase in a spot that gets lots of sunlight, and change the water every two or three days. The branches should bloom within a couple of weeks.

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