I will be the first to admit that I love doing themed art projects, especially ones that expand on play or explorations outside. Our Spring themed Door of Art just got a few flowers added to it yesterday, inspired by our time in West Virginia where the flowers were just starting to peek through the ground, and our Spring themed books like 10 Little Ladybugs my Melanie Gerth and Miss Spider’s Tea Party by David Kirk.
That being said, art for toddlers and preschoolers alike, is all about the process, not the product. Letting them explore and get creative with various mediums and tools is the goal. Allowing them this freedom helps in developing self confidence and creativity. If you’re like myself and like a few themed art projects thrown into the mix, here’s a project to make Spring flowers while allowing little ones to focus on the process, not the product.
What You’ll Need:
So the idea here is that the flowers are already made, with the cut-out flower shapes, so that little ones can paint as they choose, with various colors and tools, without the restrictions of “making a flower”. The Pom Poms are fun to paint with, and are good tools for fine motor skills as well. For older kids you could use smaller pom poms, but for toddlers the bigger the better just in case they start to look yummy. I let E paint with the pom poms and other tools as long as she wanted, and where the pom poms landed at the end was where they stayed as the “center” of the flower.
E had so much fun with this that later in the day we made some more Pom Pom Art.
You’ll notice that in many of our projects E is in her high chair at the table. This is a great option for messier art projects in small areas where a child size art table isn’t an option!
This is a great project to use lots of descriptive language, such as how each tool makes a different mark, and how the pom poms feel to hold and paint with. Let the finger painting ensue as well to add some additional sensory play with the gooey paint.
We added the flowers to the Spring Door of Art with some pipe cleaners as stems that were quickly removed by a friend during a playdate and stuffed down a vent. Clearly I should have attached them better.
What are some favorite tools and textures for your little ones to paint with?