Painting with a bouquet of flowers in preschool

Did you save the flower bouquet for preschool? I have shared how the kindergarten class made a flower canvas from a flower bouquet that was just about ready to be thrown out. Here are some additional activities to use up those flowers from the flower bouquet as well…

While at one table, the children were making a flower canvas, at another table the children were painting with flowers…

For this table, I clipped the stems of the flowers leaving just enough stem for a handle and the top of the flower for a paint brush..

Some of the children preferred to use the flowers as paintbrushes and stroke the paint on their paper…

Other’s preferred to use the flowers more like stamps and print the flower shapes on their paper (Miss Martin even thought she would give this a try)…

The children used cotton swabs to make the stems of their flowers….

Then they dipped the flowers in the paint and added the flowers to the top of their painted stems…

Here are a few of our final flower paintings…

So don’t throw away that flower bouquet just yet!


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By |2011-05-10T20:00:06+00:00May 10th, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. [email protected] May 10, 2011 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful idea! I would love it if they did more of this sort of art at my sons preschool. They always seem to just do cut along the line and paste just so to make a flower, or a clover, or a heart. I love this!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 10, 2011 at 10:53 pm - Reply

      Why don’t you print some ideas and share it with them:)

  2. La-La's Home Daycare May 11, 2011 at 8:30 am - Reply

    Those are beautiful paintings they made! This will have to go on our list! 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 11, 2011 at 3:30 pm - Reply

      Thank you Lori:)

  3. Scott May 11, 2011 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Wonderful idea, Deborah. I like that kids used the flowers both as brushes and as print-makers. Lots of possibilities.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 11, 2011 at 3:31 pm - Reply

      Definitely lots of possibilities – I thought of more but only after we finished up the day:)

  4. Andrea May 11, 2011 at 10:20 am - Reply

    Love this! I am saving this idea for next year. And possibly as leverage to get more flowers from my hubby. 😉

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 11, 2011 at 3:31 pm - Reply

      Haha – good idea!

  5. Ally @momstownTeacherMom May 13, 2011 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Love how simple and beautiful this idea is. WE did something similar too and the kids loved it!

  6. Ms. Jessi August 23, 2011 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    oohh…pretty! Those flowers made great prints! I’ll have to give this idea to my husband. 😉

    Thanks for linking at Link Your Mess! 😉

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 23, 2011 at 6:26 pm - Reply

      You are welcome!

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