Free Flower and Nature Resources for Children Now Available from Rittners Floral School, in Boston, Ma.

Does it seem like your kids are spending too much time playing with video games, and computers (never mind TV)? The disconnect with nature and outdoor activities seems more and more a concern to many parents and teachers.

As a result many parents and educators are seeking new and different ways to help get the kids to appreciate more of the natural world around them….and to re-connect with nature.

Accordingly, we have just opened a new section of our web site to help. This section (www.floralschool.com/KidsandFlowers.htm) features all kinds of FREE resources about flowers, flower arranging, gardening, nature and floral media for kids, their teachers and their families.

At Rittners, all of our workshop courses are geared towards adults. You may wonder why as a post secondary institution we added this section and these free resources.

I was motivated to play with this after doing a flower novelty class for a primary grade class in a local school. The excitement and enthusiasm of the kids was awesome.

We believe that kids are the future.  Just as kids should have art experiences, musical, travel and athletic experiences, so too, it’s important for them to experience flowers, and nature.

This new section of our web site is very exciting. Videos teaching flower craft projects like how to make a turkey or snowman out of flowers, over fifty coloring pages relating to flowers and flower arranging, pictures of various kinds of flowers, word searches and puzzles are provided free of charge. In addition six bibliographies with over one hundred print and web based resources relating to kids, flowers and nature are provided.

This section of our website with resources for kids has been a labor of love. I’ve been working on this off and on for around two years. We hope that you and your families will enjoy it. Please spread the word about this. The more word of mouth this gets the better. We would love to see these resources get widespread use. And we hope to add to these materials depending upon the feedback that we get back.

Merry Christmas From Rittners Floral School in Boston

The Christmas season is extra special here at Rittners Floral School in Boston. We enjoy the colors,  the special foliages, and the very unique symbols of the holiday season.

It is said that Christmas means many different things to many different people.

The multidimensionality of this holiday is so evident in floral art expressions that can be created. There are a wide range of different kinds of floral techniques and approaches that may be incorporated into Christmas floral art.  We enjoy sharing many of these ideas with both our Day and Evening Courses that are present at this time of year.

From all of us at Rittners School of Floral Design in Boston, we wish you and yours a very happy Holiday Season….

Happy Chanukah With A Floral Dreidel From Rittners Floral School, Boston, Ma.

Chanukah is an eight day Jewish festival commemorating religious freedom. It celebrates the victory of the Maccabees over the Greco Syrians and their King Antiochus. Around 2200-2300 years ago, the Jews were ordered by Antiochus to give up their religion and their customs. This brought about a war for religious and cultural freedom. After years of fighting, the Syrians were driven out of (what is today) Israel, and the Temple in Jerusalem was rededicated. Oil that was supposed to last only around one night, burned for eight nights. This is why the holiday is celebrated for eight days and additional candles are added to the Menorah on each of those days.

Last year we featured a  Floral Menorah in our blog… To our knowledge the first of its kind. This year we thought it would be fun to feature another symbol of Chanukah, the dreidel. So here is another first… To our knowledge this is the first dreidel ever made out of flowers!

The dreidel is a little top that is spun in a game of chance. Depending upon what side shows up, money ( or candy ) goes into or is removed from the pot. Kids (and adult kids) love the game which has become associated with the holiday of Chanukah.

Happy Chanukah everybody!