Create Pretty Flower Prints

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Spring and summer are great times for watching the flowers bloom and spending time in the garden. In this activity, let your child take advantage of the sunny weather and tend to some flowers of her own with these simple yet pretty flower prints. Making flower prints is an activity that can be done both inside and out, and only requires some paper, paint, and of course, flowers!

make flower prints

What You Need:

* Flowers, real or fake
* Construction or drawing paper
* Water soluble non-toxic block printing ink (Tempera or acrylic paints may be substituted.)
* Tray for the ink such as a reused fruit or vegetable tray
* Brayer, spoon, or craft stick

What You Do:

1. Go outside and have your child look for and select a few different types of flowers or leaves for her project. Try to find a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures. You can make a print from most any flower. Find a use for dandelions, for instance, or even reuse old silk flowers to create incredible abstract art in a variety of patterns and colors.
2. Pour the printing ink into the tray. Spread the ink out with the brayer, spoon, or craft stick. Make sure that the ink is not spread too thin, as your child will be dipping the flowers into the printing ink.
3. Ask your child to dip and press a flower into the ink. Encourage her to choose for herself the part of the flower that's dipped in.
4. Have your child firmly press the flower onto the construction paper.
5. Remove the flower and repeat.
6. Invite your child to experiment with printing different parts of the flower and different types of plant life.

Add to the printing experience by choosing many different colors of ink or paint. This will help your child to further explore color and create unique patterns. You can also try adding some finishing touches by embellishing with glitter or by decorating the print with glued on dried flowers.

Erica Loop has a MS in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education. She has many years of teaching experience working in early childhood education, and as an arts educator at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.

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