Flower Garden Kids Art Activity with Recycled Greeting Cards
Recycled greeting cards are perfect for kids crafts. They have beautiful colors and designs and are easy to cut and glue. There are lots of ways for kids to be creative with greeting cards, including this idea for making a flower garden picture. Recycle some cards with pictures of pretty flowers for this fun and easy art activity.
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Cards you receive for a holiday or birthday are usually printed with beautiful patterns and designs - everything from a rural landscape to a bouquet of roses. It's nice to be able to reuse these cards for an art activity to extend their special meaning.
We've already used Christmas cards for a winter art project. This time we are using cards with pretty flowers for a Spring process art activity.
Set out several greeting cards along with a variety of basic craft materials. Then let kids explore the materials to create a flower garden - or anything they choose!
Supplies can include:
Other options are craft sticks, feathers, pompoms and glitter.
It's better to provide just a few materials rather than overwhelm kids with too many choices.
Simply set out a few materials you have on hand.
Suggestions for flower garden pictures:
Cut flowers from the cards and glue them onto a piece of construction paper.
Make stems with pieces of craft foam, craft sticks or straws, or draw stems with crayons or markers.
Cut out leaves to glue onto the stems, or draw them if preferred.
Draw petals with crayons or markers.
Make grass by cutting into a long strip of green construction paper. This is a fun way to practice scissor skills.
Glue the grass to the picture. Bend a few blades of grass with fingertips.
This art activity is easy to set up and needs little instruction. Once the materials are provided, kids can make choices, cut out flowers and glue them onto the paper.
Grownups can guide kids through the activity with conversation:
How many leaves did you put on your stem?
Where will the red flower grow in your garden?
I like the straw you used for a stem.
Keep in mind that outcomes in process art activities should not be dependent on the expectation of the teacher, but differ according to the imagination of each child. Imagination is a powerful creative tool!
Art activities provide fun opportunities to engage developmental skills. Cutting and gluing strengthen fine motor skills, while planning and sorting promote cognitive and creative skills.
Can you see other things to add to the picture? Maybe a bright yellow sun, or some fluffy white clouds?
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