When the cherry blossoms bloom in the trees each spring, I cannot wait to add them to our art table with our preschoolers. Well, our toddlers, too! We love to bring nature into our classroom all year long. We have containers, baskets, and trays with natural materials. While the preschoolers and toddlers painted these cherry blossoms, they were able to explore the colors and textures. They viewed the blossoms and branches carefully as they painted them on paper.
What you will need:
Branches of cherry blossoms from your neighborhood
Setting up this activity:
Place your cherry blossom branch cuttings into a container and place them on a table. Pour pink paint into a shallow container, as well as the brown paint with feathers. Attach the clothespins to the sea sponges and provide paper.
Inviting the children to paint:
While the children are noticing the cherry blossom branches on the table, invite them to notice the colors and the differences between the petals and the branches. Invite them to paint this on paper.
Adapting this for toddlers:
We taped 3 wine corks together for them to stamp the blossoms and branches on the paper.
Books to read with this activity:
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