I’ve always been intrigued by nature art made by arranging flower petals and other natural objects. My child didn’t exhibit much interest in making any, but I had a feeling he’d love it if he gave it a try. Since some of my bright spring blooms somehow survived the snow, I decided to use them to set up an art invitation in our yard.
- Small, attractive containers (I used pretty measuring cups.)
- A flat surface
- Garden plants
Single out a few garden flowers you think will work well and snip the blooms off, placing them in your containers. I chose flowers that were starting to fade because I couldn’t bear to pick the new blossoms. (And my little one would have scolded me about taking food from the bees.) This is also a good activity for when you have a lot of garden trimmings. Gathered up and presented neatly, garden trimmings can be an inviting material for art and play.
Arrange the flowers near your flat surface. I also added a pile of small sticks, as they are useful for forming shapes. Pebbles or gravel might also be good additions if you have them on hand.
Make an example of flower art on your flat surface if you don’t think your little one will get the idea. I chose to make a butterfly. Invite your little one to come look and make their own art.
I think my child felt a bit intimidated by my example. He made several pieces that he didn’t find satisfactory and eventually gathered his materials, slid behind the house and replicated my butterfly in a basket. A better idea might have been to show him a few pictures of this sort of art, or simply as him what he thought he could make from the different types of flowers.
I have presented him with this art invitation a few times since, and he has had no problem coming up with his own creations. He’s made birds, bugs, and simple flower mandalas thus far. He has also helped me gather materials for this project, using a blunt tipped pair of scissors and a little bucket. This definitely adds to the fun if you have a little one old enough to use scissors and understand what to cut with them.
You can create a lot of variations of this project, depending on the season and the materials you have at hand. Sticks, rocks, and snips of evergreen would work well in winter when there aren’t a lot of plants to choose from. In autumn, seeing how many colors of fall leaves you can gather and using them to make pictures would be a wonderful way to embrace the change of seasons.