I have a daughter who loves plants and flowers. She is six and she makes these amazing flower arrangements with “weeds” and flowers she finds around the yard. So when I told her we were going to make an art project with flowers, she got really excited. My boys got a little excited too when I told them they were going to squish flowers with hammers and big rocks.
Flower pounding is a great summer art project for young kids which focuses on the process and not the end product. It’s fun for kids to see the natural paint colors they can create from plants just by pounding them.
This flower art project is a great outdoor activity to do during the summer!
What to do:
This is a great outside activity for kids. Head out the door and pick some leaves and flowers. Dandelions are awesome for this project. Cut up some strawberries or offer a few blueberries for your kids to use. They are full of beautiful, bright color. If you can find wild berries, that would be fun too.
Give your child a hammer and a couple rocks to pound and squish their plants onto a piece of art paper.
Explore with your kids! Use dandelions as paintbrushes and see what you can come up with by pounding your own flowers.
If someone wants to use dirt on their art project, go ahead and let them. This is all about the process and exploring new ways of being creative. Some of us really enjoyed using monster trucks (big surprise) and feet. Let your kids explore.
Get outside this summer and let your kids create some art with things they find in nature. They will love it. You will love it too. We are learning so much about the benefits of nature play and this is a great way to get out there! Go on a nature walk to find your plants for pounding and talk about what each plant is. Ask you kids what color of “flower paint” they think their flowers will create. They will enjoy the time you spend together.
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