First gather your plants. Gathering and handling plants is a great sensory activity for kids. It will give them tactile intake, sunshine, fresh air and a time to move about. Not only will your kids get a chance to explore the outdoors, they will be choosing what tools they will use in their plant painting project. Giving choices fosters independence in young children. Give them little hints as you go, to get those little imaginations working and curiosity stirred.
Say things like:
I wonder what it would look like if we painted these plants and printed them on paper?
I wonder what shape this plant will make?
What would it look like to print different textures and size plants?
We painted different leaves in different colors and pressed them in different directions.
We also painted and pressed flower type plants.
I worked hand over hand while my young patient’s arm was in a sling.
We finished our picture, cut around the edges and tried an assortment of background colors.
You can paste your painting to the paper or you can take different pictures like I have done here and use those pictures for creating different cards etc.
This one has the corners ripped from one of the background colors. You can add your greeting over top of picture.
Print, cut and paste process below that comes out really cool. I used this process with my grandchildren to create an anniversary card for mom and dad. Each one printed different flowers and objects on his own paper. I painted the “Happy Anniversary” words and cut them out. After the pictures dried I cut around the shapes of the prints. We arranged and glued it all together(don’t press it too flat) which gave it a sort of 3D look. I trimmed it a bit, made a page with some crisscross edges and glued the trimmed picture to the crisscrossed edged picture which made it appear framed .
I love encouraging creativity and the kids are always so proud of their final creations.
I am so thankful for the warmer weather that allows everyone to enjoy the awesome outdoors. I love seeing all the little emerging critters and plants. All of nature is blooming, makes you feel so alive. Make the most of every teachable moment.
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