Gardening is a great way to inspire learning and art exploration. Colors abound in the vast tones of colors in leaves and flowers that can be found by children in a garden. Have you ever painted with plants?
Today, Nicolette, shares her “spin” on painting with flowers and using seeds and petals to create a multi-dimensional, multi-medium art project.
Did you know that Nicolette is from Ecuador, South America?
I personally find gardening a great connection between people from around the world. Her garden looks similar to mine and our little ones would love doing this activity too. Sure makes the world seem like a smaller, more connected place – doesn’t it! I think I will show my kids this post, find Ecuador on the map and talk about how children all around the world are gardening and creating too!
Will you join in this weekend and #plantaseed?
Painting with Flowers
by Nicolette Roux of Powerful Mothering
With a garden full of lovely flowers this year, mainly marigolds, I decided to let the kids do a little art from the garden! My 3 love anything to do with gardening and generally making a mess.
We are currently in the rainy season here in Ecuador so we started with a trip outside in between the rain to collect some flowers in the garden. This was a good chance for my 4-year-old work on his cutting skills as he snipped the buds off. I also asked him to collect some of the dried flowers which contain seeds.
We made it just in time as the afternoon rain arrived. Once inside I used a snack tray to contain all the things we needed to make some art with our collection of goodies.
The kids used the marigold flowers to dip in the paint and stamp on paper. My 4-year-old said he was making me a flower garden picture which included some seeds stuck in the paint. Maybe they are there to grow?
I really love how bright the printing came out. I had all 3 kids involved in our little art from the garden even my toddler enjoyed a bit of stamping!
We also had a parsley leaf that sneaked in with the flowers. In a few week’s time, we are going to re-seed all the marigolds as most of the flowers will have dried off. This is a great excuse to get the kids into the garden and to teach about planting from picking the seeds from the old plants to seeing the new ones grow.
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About Nicolette Roux Nicolette is a stay-at-home mom of three kids, four years old and younger. You will often find her on the floor at kid level, learning through play. Simple and easy activities and crafts are the most popular with her little ones and she shares these on the blog.
Let’s inspire each other!!! Use the hashtag #plantaseed to connect with other gardeners!
We hope to inspire you to garden with your child this year!!!
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