I’m repeating it over and over in the hope that it hears my beckoning call and actually stays around for more than one day at a time.
It’s nice here today (70 freaking degrees!), but for the past couple weeks it hasn’t been. So we took it upon ourselves to decorate our world with flowers.
Cherry blossoms are so beautiful, don’t you think? Pondering it as I’m typing this, I’m not sure I’ve ever met someone who didn’t believe they were a magnificent sight to behold when blooming.
Click on “Read More” to usher in the spring season with a kid’s craft that would still look unbelievably cool if an adult did it on their own.
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Elise (28 months) does at least one art project a day. Most days, however, we hit the 3-4 mark because she loves painting, coloring, crafting and sculpting.
Yes, I think that a 2 year old who plays with play dough is a sculptor. At this age, her sculptures are more “modern art” than anything discernible, but who I am to judge?
Right now, Elise’s favorite creation-medium is painting and she enjoys using her fingers, brushes, stamps, and anything else within reach. My gym headphones did help in one of her creations once, but they got too involved and were relegated back to the gym bag before I had to buy another pair.
Here in Seattle, there are blossoms starting to appear and I must say that if you ever visit, you must go to the University of Washington’s campus to take in the cherry blossom delights. Although U Dub’s are magnificent, the cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. are simply breathtaking when in bloom. That memory, coupled with the fact that I needed a craft to appease the savage beast toddler, we made some paintings featuring the fluffy flowers.
The supplies we used for this craft:
- cardboard remnants (cut to squares or rectangles, as we did)
- tempera paint in blue, white, brown and red (mixed red and white for pink)
- a pencil – um yeah, preferably not a sharpened one like we used but if your kid grabs it off the table like mine did, just watch them closely
- paint brushes are optional but fingers are best!
- Paint the background blue mixed with some white.
- Depending on the age of the child, parents might have to complete this next step: paint the branches in brown.
- After providing red, white and pink paint for your child(ren), let them dip their fingers in the paint and use the tip of their fingers to create the five flower petals and centers. Elise very, very, very much enjoyed this part! She dragged her finger through some of them, but I think it adds to the charm of each picture.
- If your child swipes a pencil off the table and wants to use it as a paintbrush, yay! Let them dip the eraser end in the paint to create some petals. :)
During the crafting, we discussed the traits of spring with flora, the birth of animals, the holidays that were coming up, and well, actually I don’t remember everything we discussed. Although I don’t remember exactly what we discussed, I know that it came down to anything I could think of that I have categorized as spring-like in my brain. She made three of these, so it was a lot of time to fill.
These are so vibrant – without my horrible photography “skills” getting in the way – and are proudly displayed on a shelf in our living room, I am reminded of the awe-inspiring views of the blossoms in Washington D.C.
Did you know that the National Cherry Blossom Festival is going on right now? If you’re near and have never seen them, you should. ‘Amazing’ doesn’t do it justice, especially if there is a breeze. From up high, it looked as though the world was covered in a sea of flowers. Breathtaking – and this many years later, the image has stayed with me.
As I was reminiscing, I Googled ‘cherry blossom coloring pages’ for Elise to color so that we could continue our discussion of spring, and found a bountiful bevy of blossom fun.
Oh my word, that was a lot of “B’s.” I promise, it won’t happen again.
There is an amazing resource available to everyone, but I’m mentioning it here because they’ve added a kid’s section to aid in the fun. So far, we’ve done the cherry blossoms and Daruma Doll coloring pages.
I chose the first page because I wanted to show her what the trees looked like before we painted. A little inspiration, if you will. Choosing the Daruma Doll was more personal because my wonderful sister brought me back a mini Daruma from Japan. I’ve yet to attach a goal to it, but Elise liked fiddling with it while we discussed their traditional use.
We’ve also discussed the history of the gift of the blossoms because I thought she would be able to understand it and boy, did she ever! After our craft, she began “gifting” the tulips her Dad had brought home for us to some of her stuffed animals!
Does anyone else think that is just the sweetest thing?
There are some fun video presentations and if you have older kids, I’m sure they would be keen on seeing them, but after watching one I thought they would be unable to keep Elise’s interest.
Coloring pages. Mazes. Puzzles. Word searches. Flashcards. Matching games. Oh my! I just wanted to share this site with you all in case you weren’t aware of the following:
- cherry blossoms are impressively beautiful!
- the National Cherry Blossom Festival is going on right now and the trees will be blooming very soon!
- Blossom Kids is a great resource for some quick spring-time fun!
- I really like using bullet points. :)