Recycled Art: Spring Flowers

Written by Ariadne Brill on May 9th, 2014

Arts and Crafts, General, Natural Learning
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spring flower craftMaking time to create art can be a great way to spend time together with children.  Not only is this an opportunity to connect and be together, children also learn a great deal when working on art projects.

Creating art projects together with young children is an opportunity to practice skills like:

  • motor coordination
  • patience
  • sharing & taking turns
  • recognizing shapes, colors, numbers and letters
  • imagination
  • problem solving

My daughter and I recently created some spring flowers from egg cartons. The end result was really cute and perfect for the spring season.

Materials

  • Empty Egg carton
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Water colors
  • Paper

Instructions

1. First, we cut the egg carton down the middle.

2. Next, we cut the carton dimples to resemble a flower. We tried a  few different ways, it looked best to my daughter when there were only four petals. There was a bit of frustration at this initial stage, too, as the cutting was tricky, but after a few tries, my daughter figured out which way to hold the carton so it wouldn’t fall down.flower_art_recycled

3.We also cut the side of the carton into stem and leaf shapes. My daughter is almost 4, and she really liked cutting leaf shapes and the rough outline of the flowers and then asked me to round them up a bit.

4.After we cut about 20 flowers, we decided to paint them with water colors. For some contrast, we chose to use yellow in the center and then paint the  petals different colors. Some petals got mixed colors too. One flower center stayed white – “Oh, that’s on purpose,” said my daughter.spring_flowers

5. Last, we painted the stem and leaves green (some of them were painted orange, too!)

6. Once dry, we organized the flowers onto a sheet of paper and glued them.

Do your children enjoy making art projects with you?

Peace & Be Well,

Ariadne

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About The Author: Ariadne Brill

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Ariadne is a busy and happy mama to three curious and spunky children and a Certified Positive Discipline Parenting Educator. Ariadne practices peaceful, playful and positive parenting and to avoid doing the laundry she created the Positive Parenting Connection to share resources and ideas with other parents. Ariadne believes parenting is not about perfection but connection and making time to have fun! Find her on  Facebook

One Response to Recycled Art: Spring Flowers

  1. Amy Phoenix  

    These look like fun and will help us use up our collection of egg cartons. Thanks, Ariadne.

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