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Recycled Bottle Flower Prints

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Submitted by: Ann Nesladek

A great activity that shows recycling can be fun and creative!

Goals:

  • To foster creativity in using ordinary objects
  • To discover new ways of recycling old items

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: Plastic water or soda bottles in different sizes, paper, BioColor® or tempera paint, paint trays and paint brushes.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Set out different colors of paint on paint trays or paper plates.

Step 2.
Take a plastic bottle and dip the bottom into one of the colors of paint. Now, press the bottom of the bottle onto the paper. Repeat using different colors and/or different sizes of water bottles.

Step 3.
Using a paint brush, paint a stem onto each of the flowers.

Step 4.
Paint additional details into your painting, such as grass, trees, clouds or more!

Furthermore:
What other objects can be used in a new way as a method of recycling? Hold a class brainstorming session to help get everyone thinking about ways to reduce trash and save the planet!

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Handprint Easter Lily

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A creative and simple Easter project!

Goal:

  • To have children create an Easter Lily by using a cut-out of their hand

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed for activity: white construction paper, pencils, green foam sheets, scissors, glue and pipe cleaners.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Using a white heavyweight piece of construction paper, trace around the child’s open hand. Adult help will be needed to help young children draw around their hand and to cut it out.

Step 2.
Cut out the handprint, leaving a wide portion at the wrist.

Step 3.
Bring the two sides at the wrist together and glue. This should look like a cone at the bottom of the hand.

Step 4.
Use a yellow or gold pipe cleaner and glue it inside the flower.

Step 5.
Use a green straw as the stem and glue it inside the flower.

Step 6.
Cut out foam or paper leaves – using tacky glue, attach them to the straw.

Step 7.
When all children’s flowers are done, you can make a Easter lily bouquet.

Furthermore:
Easter lilies are known to have special significance for Easter. Talk with children about some of the different meanings and symbols that are associated with this flower and Easter.

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Painting With Flowers

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Submitted by: Donna Bernstein

This activity demonstrates how it is possible to paint using objects other than paint brushes.

Goals:

  • To make a colorful collage using fresh spring flowers
  • To experiment with different ways to paint and create art

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: Large sheets of paper, paint in a variety of colors, paper plates, and fresh flowers. Gerbera daisies are recommended, but you can experiment with any other types of flowers you have available.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Cut the stems of your flowers to about 3″ long.

Step 2.
Pour a very thin layer of paint onto a paper plate, one color per plate.

Step 3.
Gently dip one of the flowers into the paint, then carefully press the flower onto the paper.

Step 4.
Repeat using different colors of paint to create an exciting collage!

Furthermore:
Discuss how it is possible to paint using different objects that aren’t paint brushes. Demonstrate how a flower can be printed multiple times after it is dipped in paint, but that each time the imprint is a little lighter. Sometimes petals might fall off onto the paper, which can look nice, too!

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Liquid Watercolor™ Paper Flowers

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Make and gather your own bouquet.

Goals:

  • To encourage creative expression
  • To develop fine motor skills

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed for activity: Liquid Watercolor™ Texas Snowflakes, droppers, spray bottles, bingo bottles, paintbrushes, Liquid Watercolor™ paint and pipe cleaners. You may want to pre-fill bottles ahead of time with paint and pre-cut coffee filters into 2 inch strips for the petals.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Use droppers, spray bottles, brushes or bingo bottles to apply Liquid Watercolor™ to two paper petal strips, dry and then gather the petals together.

Step 2.
Wrap the base in a pipe cleaner or rubber band.

Furthermore:
You can also use the flowers to decorate the tops of pencils. Once you’ve attached a flower to a pipe cleaner, simply wrap the pipe cleaner around the top portion of a pencil. Or, you can tape the flower to the top of the pencil by itself. Personalize the flower pencils by writing a name or a short message on a few of the petals. These make great gifts for loved ones.

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Flower Mural

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Introduce children to 3-dimensional art!

Goals:

  • To encourage creative expression
  • To practice control with fluid materials
  • To develop gross and fine motor skills

Before You Start:
Gather materials: BioColor® paint, foam rollers, paintbrushes, balloons, white butcher paper and masking tape.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Make lots of large flowers with BioColor® using balloon prints, blotter art, and brushes.

Step 2.
Wait for flowers to dry, then cut out.

Step 3.
Paint sky and landscape on butcher paper. Use large brushes, including textured foam rollers. Dry.

Step 4.
Adhere flowers to mural in 3-D fashion. Use masking tape to adhere flower center only. Fold out petals for dimension.

Furthermore:
This project can be versatile for creating scenes to correspond with the changing seasons or for a special event. Encourage children to combine lots of colors to make the mural come to life.

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Mother’s Day Flower Bouquet

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Colorful, handmade bouquets make the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

Goals:

  • To reinforce fine motor skills
  • To encourage creativity while reinforcing color recognition skills

Before You Start:
You will need Texas Snowflakes, Colorations® Liquid Watercolor, an eyedropper, and craft wire.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Cut several petal shapes from Texas Snowflake material, leaving a short stem at the base of each petal.

Step 2.
Use eyedroppers to color petals with Colorations® Liquid Watercolor – encourage creativity by allowing the children to experiment with an array of colors.

Step 3.
When dry, gather petals at the base and wrap with craft wire to hold together. Position petals based on the type of flower you want to make.

Step 4.
For roses, overlap petals, for daisies, do not overlap.

Step 5.
You can also try using small Texas Snowflakes to make simpler flowers.

Step 6.
Add a pipe cleaner for the stem, and help young ones bundle the flowers with craft wire.

Furthermore:
These bouquets can also be used for classroom displays or as a colorful way to welcome springtime!

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Pussy Willows in a Vase

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Submitted by: Cherie Kory

A fun and delicious project for little ones to get their hands on!

Goals:

  • To develop creativity and fine motor skills
  • To explore textures and dimensions

Before You Start:
Gather black and brown construction paper, foam sheets (with or without a sticky back), scissors, glue, and a bag of mini marshmallows. Pre-cut narrow strips of brown construction paper to use as stems of the pussy willows. Pre-cut vase shapes from the foam sheets and prepare small bowls to hold glue and marshmallows. Set materials on a flat surface that is easy for the children to reach.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Give each child a sheet of black construction paper for their project. This is a great opportunity to ask the children if they’ve ever seen pussy willows. Explain to the children what pussy willows are and that they are each going to make their own fun pictures of them.

Step 2.
Demonstrate to the children how to glue the narrow strips of brown construction paper onto the black paper for the stems of the pussy willows. Help them glue their own “stems” onto the paper.

Step 3.
Show the children how to glue the pre-cut foam vases at the base of the stems and help them glue (or stick) on their own.

Step 4.
Allow the children glue marshmallows along the brown “stems” any way they like. Now everyone has an original piece of art to display in the classroom.

Furthermore:
A variation on this project would be to use finger paint/washable stamp pads, instead of marshmallows, to teach children about fingerprints and their uniqueness. Prepare bowls of finger paint and stamp pads, and then have children dip their fingers in and make fingerprints for the pussy willow blossoms. Once their pictures have dried, allow the children to look at their fingerprints close up. Let them tell you what they see.

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