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I always feel guilty throwing out an old bouquet, which means the flowers usually languish on the dining table until they are really sad looking… (Although the filter I used on this picture makes them look amazing still, just goes to show you can’t believe everything you see on the internet haha!) In the interest of giving these flowers one last burst of life before I composted them, we used the wilting blooms in this mornings flower painting art project.
I decided to do a simpler, indoor version of these Natural Paintbrushes we used for a Messy Play Date last summer. We’ve been using an old baking pan for a tray, which has been working to *somewhat* keep E’s enthusiastic painting contained. I simply cut some blooms, put a few dabs of paint on a paper plate and let her explore.
My initial idea was to use coordinating spring/flowery colors so that the end result would be nice and bright… The reality was that E spied the brown paint and was all about it! For me creativity and giving her the chance to explore overrules my dreams of Pinterest perfection, so…
We used this opportunity to name the parts of the flower (petal, stem, stamen, pistil etc.) and talk about pollen. Maybe this is over my 3 year olds head but it keeps me entertained trying to remember my grade school science:) I also showed her different ways to move the flower to get different patterns. We ended by painting directly on the flowers themselves.
Overall a win because it A) Encouraged me to clean the wilting flowers off the table and B) It let E explore some new textures and upped our painting game. I also highly recommend a painting tray or old baking pan. I’m considering this one, but I will keep you updated once I try it out!
Yours in fun and parenting!