Looking for a craft that will exercise all parts of your child’s creative side? In this project, the eight petals of a flower are painted in watercolor paint using different techniques, colors and patterns. The center of the flower is filled with a variety of pompoms, making this flower textured and tactile. It’s a fantastic way to practice watercolor techniques while celebrating April showers!
What You Need:
- Watercolor paper
- Watercolor paints
- Paper towels
- Pompoms in various colors
What You Do:
- Have your child draw some large flower petals on the watercolor paper.
- Next, cut out the petal and trace it seven times on the same sheet of watercolor paper so you have a total of eight petal shapes.
- Paint some water on four of the petals, and blot two of the wet petals with a paper towel.
- Now paint all the petals with watercolor paints, making each one a different color.
- Encourage your child to decorate each petal with a unique pattern. Consider polka dots, diagonal stripes, triangles, squares and squiggles. Then allow the petals to dry completely.
- Using four different colors, paint the remaining petals. Look how much more control you have over the paint! Try inventing a new pattern for each petal. Allow these petals to dry.
- On the watercolor paper, draw a large circle about 6” wide and cut it out to create the base of your flower.
- Cut out all of the petals and arrange them on top of the circle base, so they are touching and evenly spaced.
- Glue them in place on the circle and allow them to dry completely.
- Have your child dip one pompom at a time in a small amount of white glue and place it in the center of the flower. She can use as many colors as she would like, until it looks finished!