Use kitchen utensils to make unique prints in this spring flower art project for kids.
The spring season is a wonderful time for children to connect art making with all the beauty and wonder found in nature, and the perfect time for a flower theme lesson. Warmer temperatures often bring children outside and ready to react and respond to new plants and flowers. One’s senses come alive as bright colors and fragrant smells explode all around. Surrounded by daffodils, daisies, and tulips can inspire and captivate one’s imagination and creativity. Today let’s recreate a bounty of blossoms using nontraditional painting tools. Gather some paint, paper, and head to the kitchen to collect an array of utensils that will be perfect to use as stamping and printing tools as we create beautiful flower prints.
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Printing with Kitchen Utensils
My students often enjoy the printmaking process for a wide variety of reasons. Many enjoy the immediate and various results that happen when stamping and printing with numerous tools and objects. The action and movement involved in the printing process also creates a high level of engagement and excitement. When I was developing this flower print art activity I was debating what types of printing tools to use to create the various blooms.
The idea came to me while I was cooking a meal and began to see the various kitchen utensils lying about in a new way. I bet forks and spoons can create the perfect little petals! Potato mashers and various slotted spoons and spatulas may also work well. Through experimenting and taking artistic risks I discovered that these nontraditional painting tools bring just the right amount of fun and creativity to the art making process.
- Black Paper
- Crayola Fluorescent Tempera Paint
- Construction Paper
- Glue Stick
Recommended Kitchen Utensils:
- Potato Masher
- Large Slotted Spoon
- Large Spatula
- Plastic Bottle Recorker
Step By Step Printing Flowers with Kitchen Utensils Directions:
Explore and Identify
Have your child take a walk in the backyard or a local park and discover various flowers. Identify the parts of the plant including the petals, stem, leaves, and seeds. Which flowers do you wish to recreate? Maybe daffodils, roses, dandelions, or sunflowers.
Stamp and Print
I recommend black paper as a background for this project as it is unexpected and will showcase the vibrant fluorescent paint colors. Gather the kitchen utensils and dip them in paint to stamp the petals of each flower onto the black paper. Stamp the center of the flower as well. Try combining and experimenting with different tools. Make sure to also paint a stem.
Cut and Glue
Draw and cut different style leaves for each flower. Glue them to the stem of each flower.
Talk About Art
- What types of flowers did you create?
- What kitchen utensil was your favorite to paint with? Least favorite?
- Identify the parts of the flower including the petals, stem, leaves, and seeds.
- Go on a nature walk to find the various flowers you made.
- Ask a friend to identify which kitchen utensils were used to create each flower.
Mother’s Day Option
Turn this art project into a lovely Mother’s Day card or keepsake by adding a message to Mom such as “ I love you a bunch!” or “My love for you is in full bloom!”
Thank you for making art with me today! Be sure to tag @fantasticfunandlearning and @youngschoolartwithmr.g on Instagram so we can see your colorful flowers!
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PRINTABLE FLOWER THEME LESSON PLANS
Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.
This pack includes editable lesson plans and hands-on activities for a week full of math, reading, & science learning activities about flowers and the plant life cycle. Watch this short video to see just a few examples of the types of activities and printables included in this set:
This set currently includes active hands-on learning ideas and the following printables:
1) Initial Sound Flower Building Activity
2) Flower Number Cards
3) Flower Petal Counting Emergent Reader
4) Flower Alphabet Matching Set
5) Uppercase and Lowercase Flowers for Hands-on Games and Activities
6) Flower Life Cycle Cards
7) Flower Roll and Graph Game
8) Flower Patterning and Sorting Cards
9) Name Letter Sorting Activity Mat
10) Shape Pieces for Flower Building with Shapes
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