Family Time Calendar: Get Crafty - iVillage

The most realistic colors in nature are created by nature. Try "painting" with flowers and see the amazing results!

When leading kids in this activity, just be sure they pick flowers with permission. Your neighbors might not appreciate the fact that their flowers have been picked in the pursuit of great art.

What you'll need:

  • Watercolor paper (or any paper with a rough surface)
  • Assorted flowers and plants
  • Latex or rubber gloves, if desired
  • Crayons (optional)

What you'll do:

  • Tell the kids to draw a picture of a nature scene filled with plants and flowers. If desired, let them draw inspiration from art books featuring the works of Claude Monet or Vincent van Gogh.
  • If you want to keep fingers clean, tell kids to don latex or rubber gloves. Rub flower petals and leaves into the paper to color the drawings. Red flowers such as geraniums work best. The yellow stamens from the center of flowers like lilies make a beautiful yellow stain. Green leaves will -- naturally -- produce a shade of green for your plant drawings. Experiment with different flowers and plants to reveal various shades of colors. An added bonus: Crushing the petals of some flowers will release a magnificent floral scent!
  • If there's a tree in your child's illustration, help him or her add some realistic texture: Peel the paper off a crayon, hold the drawing against the bark of a tree and rub the crayon to fill in the tree drawing with a bark texture.
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