Spring is the perfect time of year to clean out your art supply closet or that kitchen junk drawer to make creative art. Instead of heading to the craft store, we’ll use items you probably already have at home or in your classroom to make unique flower collages that are perfect for a Mother’s Day gift or your flower theme activities. This art activity gives the child choice and freedom to explore their creative expression while also highlighting fine motor skill development. With an array of art materials, loose parts, and recycled items, each little artist will create a one-of-a-kind fantastic flower!
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I love to incorporate loose parts play into art activities for young learners. It’s a great way to focus on cognitive skills, while also highlighting student choice and open-ended art. Little fingers can pick and choose different items to represent parts of the flower. Each child will explore and express themselves without step-by-step directions or right or wrong answers. Child-directed art promotes self-discovery and creative independence while children are exploring their creativity.
Art & Nature
To get ready for this flower art project take a stroll outside in the garden or visit a local park to spot what flowers are local to your area and in bloom. Identify the types of flowers. Can you spot any tulips, daffodils, or pansies? Then identify the parts of a flower, including the stem, petals, leaves, and roots. Choose a favorite that can be an inspiration for this art activity.
- Construction Paper
- White Glue or Glue Stick
Suggested Items to Repurpose
- Cereal Boxes
- Paper Plates
- Coffee Filters
- Cupcake Liners
- Popsicle Sticks
Suggested Loose Parts
- Bottle Caps
- Pom Poms
Step by Step Directions
Search & Find
On your mark, get set, go! Search the house for art supplies, loose parts, and items to repurpose.
Sort & Cut
Set out your items and see what works best for each part of the flower. Circular items such as coffee filters, doilies, and cupcake liners work well for the flower’s bloom.
Try layering the items from biggest to smallest to create interest. Long, thin items such as popsicle sticks, a straw, or a piece of yarn may work well for the stem. Feel free to cut newspaper, a cereal box, or paper plates to make leaves.
Use loose parts such as pom poms, beads, and buttons to fill in the center of the flower.
Move & Glue
I encourage you to move the items around and see what you like best. Once you are happy with the placement, glue the items to the construction paper.
Creative Play Option: If you wish not to use glue, move the items around and return the items when you are finished.
I recommend the book Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson as a companion to this art activity. The book explains the science of the plant growth process from seed to bloom. Children will be highly engaged as the story asks the reader to complete movements with their hands and body as the book progresses.
I hope your little artist enjoys the freedom in creating today’s art project! Please be sure to tag @fantasticfunandlearning and @youngschoolartwithmr.g on Instagram so we can see and share your fantastic flowers!
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RINTABLE 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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