In a world that is so often plastic and store bought, I take every opportunity I find for kids to explore and appreciate nature. I also love the idea of using found materials in art activities. It’s an easy way to send the message that we can be creative with what is on hand. I decided to put these two ideas together with a Flower Petal Collage.
In this art activity the kids got to explore several materials while developing their fine motor skills. Sticky glue and aromatic flowers made this a sensory activity as well.
Here is a list of materials we used:
- Flowers (make sure they are non-toxic if children might put them in their mouths)
- Glue brushes
- Colored construction paper
- Green tissue paper
- Recycled containers to hold the glue and the flowers
My husband brought home roses last week (yep, he’s one of the good ones). They were such cute, tiny flowers. I decided to let them dry in their vase. For this project I picked off several of the buds and broke them apart into a container.
I thought it would be nice to have something fresh too so I invited the kids to pick some lavender flowers from the yard. They requested green tissue to represent leaves. I put the flowers in recycled containers, and glue in a cup with some brushes.
The kids got quickly to work tearing and cutting paper and pasting on petals. Sunshine decided to help with some of the paper tearing, which resulted in some giggles.
There was some experimentation to find out how much glue was needed to keep the flowers in place. Pens were brought to the table later on for writing names and messages.
When they were all done, the kids decided to give their creations to their mommies at the end of the day.