I love that all of the Center Parcs’ challenges I have taken part in so far have been really seasonal. For March the challenge is painting flowers which has led to some lovely discussions between myself and the boy about Spring. I really think the challenges so far have helped him to begin to grasp a bit about the different seasons and what they entail.
It may be a little over-simplified but he has certainly got to grips with the fact that in Autumn the leaves fall from the trees, that Winter is cold and there may be snow and, now, that in Spring the flowers come back out.
We spent lots of time looking at the daffodils and other flowers that have sprung up whilst we have been out and about. I also placed a small bunch of flowers next to us on the table when we began this craft.
So, for this craft you will need:
- Yellow Paint
- Green Paint
- Sweet Wrappers/Tissue Paper
- One keen toddler
At the start of this activity we began by painting a yellow middle for our flowers. This led to a simple discussion about pollen…and bees…and honey…and then, of course, Winnie the Pooh. Never let a chance for a little education slip by eh?
My favourite tip from Center Parcs’ Crafter Emma was:
“Find materials around the house to add to the painting, giving it a 3D effect. Why not paint an old bottle cap and stick it in the centre of a flower, really bringing your painting to life?”.
We decided to use some old sweet wrappers as colourful petals, though tissue paper would also work well. We glued the wrappers around our flower middle with Mod Podge.
Finally, with some green paint we painted our flower stem…
…and then made some more.
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