Spring Watercolor Flower Art for Toddlers

24 Feb

Spring Watercolor Flowers Art Activity for kidsSpring is almost here and even though we live in LA where it’s been 80 degrees for the past month, we’re super excited.  I’m also really excited because today launches a great art series called Easy Art Projects for Kids I’m doing with some really special kid art bloggers.  Each month we are going to pick a different art material and experiment with it to bring you some amazing ideas to do with your children.  This month is art material is watercolors.  We made these beautiful spring paper flowers from liquid watercolors, droppers and spray bottles.  We glued them together by small, medium and big to create layered flowers that look gorgeous hanging on the wall.  Spring is definitely in the air.

Watercolor Flowers Toddler Art ActivityWatercolor Flowers Toddler Art ActivityFirst I put some liquid watercolors in a recycled plastic apple container.  I use these liquid watercolors but you can find different brands that work great as well. I had precut a bunch of flowers from heavy watercolor paper in different sizes.  The kids got to pick from a pile of paper flowers which one they wanted to use.  They dropped the liquid watercolors onto the flowers and watched as the colors bubbled and lay on top of the paper.  They could use the droppers as pens and scratch across the flower creating a neat writing affect.  They could also use their fingers to move the paint around.  This technique was quite popular with my one year old.  

Watercolor Flowers Toddler Art ActivityAfter moving the paint around the flower and using the droppers for a while, I suggested the flowers might be thirsty.  I had several spray bottles on hand to feed the flowers with.  The girls loved this part.  They sprayed the flowers over and over and watched the colors as they absorbed into the watercolor paper.  New colors formed as the colors bled together.  There was also a beautiful “firework” affect that took place from the spray of the spray bottles.  If you’re kids are a little older, there is so much to notice with this activity.  You definitely want to give it a try.  It’s a great introduction to watercolors on many levels.

Watercolor Flowers Toddler Art ActivityWatercolor Flowers Toddler Art ActivityWatercolor Flowers Toddler Art ActivityAfter we thoroughly sprayed our flowers, the girls were quite happy to spray everything else in sight, including a vase of flowers I had set up close to our art table.  With older kids I would have taken some more time to notice the shapes and colors of the real flowers and then used that to segue into the paper flowers.  These toddlers were too anxious to get started.  You can also let older kids draw and cut their own flowers, which they’d really enjoy.  This would add a great study in shapes, along with all the fine motor building skills.

Spring watercolor flower art for toddlersThe last steps were to hang the flowers up to dry and glue the different sizes together.  I loved hanging the flowers.  That was my favorite part.  Why does everything look so pretty on a clothesline?  It gets me every time.  Anyway, it was sunny out and the flowers dried really quickly.  We had a quick snack and then we were able to glue the flowers by small medium and large on top of each other.  Again, with older kids this can be a lesson in itself.  With the little ones I just used the vocabulary and guided them with the glueing.  We hung our paper flowers up in our art playhouse to big oohs and ahhs.  This was a really nice project and great introduction to liquid watercolors, which I am a huge fan of.

Watercolor Flowers Toddler Art ActivityWatercolor Flowers Toddler Art ActivityWatercolor Flowers Toddler Art ActivityTo see other fantastic watercolor art projects for kids check out these blogs!

BlogMeMom does Texture on Watercolors

Learn Play Imagine does Erupting Watercolor Absorption Art

Artchoo does Drippy, Splashy Watercolor Process Art

Fun At Home with Kids does Exploring Absorption with Watercolors on a Texture Board

Housing a Forest does Pour Painting with Watercolors

BabbleDabbleDo does Watercolors and Oil

Willowday does Watercolor Stickers

Spring watercolor flower art for toddlersWatercolor Flowers Toddler Art Activity

21 Responses to “Spring Watercolor Flower Art for Toddlers”

  1. Allison February 24, 2014 at 9:57 pm #

    These are so gorgeous!

  2. Gina February 24, 2014 at 11:14 pm #

    Beautiful! I love crafts that both combine working with a new medium but in a format that the kids will love and that we, parents, will enjoy having around! Looks like Spring is on it’s way to you!

    • Meri Cherry February 25, 2014 at 4:18 am #

      That’s the trick right ; ) Parents liking it too.

  3. Ann @ My Nearest and Dearest February 25, 2014 at 12:49 am #

    These are SO beautiful! And what a fun process. We will be giving this a go for sure!

  4. Andreea February 25, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    So lovely! I will try it too! Thanks for inspiration 🙂

    • Meri Cherry February 25, 2014 at 8:49 pm #

      Would love to see pics if you give it a try!

      • Andreea February 25, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

        Yes 🙂 I will show you 🙂 thank you!

  5. Ang Johnson February 27, 2014 at 3:55 am #

    Hi, I found you via Housing a Forest, and I’m so glad I did! Just love all your wonderful ideas! This looks great for my little ones! Thanks!

    • Meri Cherry February 27, 2014 at 5:00 am #

      Oh great! I love Housing a Forest. Thank you and so glad to hear you may do this with your little ones. It was so much fun!

  6. Crystal ~ Fine Art Mom March 2, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

    Love it! Very cute flowers! They look awesome on the clothesline 🙂

    • Meri Cherry March 2, 2014 at 11:24 pm #

      Thanks Crystal. We have them hanging all over our house and they are so pretty.


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