This week's theme for the Discover & Explore linky is Flowers!
I love to mix in nature items when we create art projects. There's something about the contrasting textures that I think look so cool when the picture is complete. And when flowers are included in the project, there is also some wonderful sensory and science learning that happens too!
Connecting Art & Nature
Our lilacs started to bloom this week (my favorite flower!) and my daughter has been picking me bouquets of violets that grow wild in the yard. We decided to take these flowers, along with a few others that were growing in the garden, and create our own flower.
Wouldn't it be great to create your own flower - you could choose the color, types of petals, the scent! I'm sure some kids would love flowers that smell like bubblegum or popcorn ;)
We chose to use black construction paper along with oil pastels and poster crayons for the project. Pastels and poster crayons are really nice to work with on dark papers because the colors really 'pop'!
The first step is to construct your stem(s) on the paper using the pastels or crayons. I chose to draw one single flower while my daughter drew a few on her paper. The important thing is to make sure the stem isnt' too tall so you'll have room to create the head of the flower.
Then we had to de-petal all of the flowers we collected. This lead to a great science discussion because when you remove the petals from a flower, it exposes the stigma, stamin and other areas of the flower that are usually hidden.
Talk to the kids about how flowers have different parts and what purpose they serve. The stamin of the flower produces it's pollen. The stigma (which is the tall piece in the center) is where the pollen germinates or 'grows'. Here's a great chart that shows the purpose of each part of the flower.
Once you have a pile of petals, dot some glue around the crayon-drawn areas. The real flower petals are what kids can use to create their own unique flower. We used small dots of glue so that it was easy to see where to place the petals when you were working.
And here's the finished project! I love the mix of textures, colors and the 3D effect of the picture.
You can also see my creative child used a real stem in her picture too. Her middle flower has the stem of a rose, the petals of a lilac and the center of a dandelion. If you're really creative, you can also come up with a fun name for your new flower.
Share Your Flower Ideas
We can't wait to see what amazing activities you share during this week's Discover & Explore Flowers linky! Real flowers, craft flowers, edible items made into flowers - share any type of ideas and activites you have that focus on flowers.
Make sure to visit our co-host Fantastic Fun & Learning to see what great flower activity they are sharing too!
May 15th - A Day at the Park (Nature & Play Ideas)
May 22nd - Art & Museum Fun
May 29th - Backyard Games
Please read the following guidelines for sharing:
- Share family-friendly posts related to the weekly topic -- kids activities, crafts, recipes, nature outings, printables, etc.
- By linking up, you are giving me permission to share your post including one photo in our weekly feature post and on social media channels.
- Visit 2-3 other posts that have linked up, find some new ideas & meet new friends!
- If you'd like, grab a button for your post -- we love to share and want to find lots of great activities to highlight for you!
The linky will be open for 2 weeks so feel free to come back and link up any new posts you do.
Each of the host blogs will be choosing a few great ideas to be featured in a round-up post and pinned the Discover & Explore Pinterest Board!