Cherry Blossom Art
My daughter and I were so inspired by the blooming cherry blossoms during our afternoon walk that we decided to make our own.
We gathered a piece of blue construction paper, two shades of pink tissue paper, brown paint and glue to make our cherry blossom trees.
Sophia practiced making handprints before we started making our cherry blossom tree. She squealed with delight at having her hand painted. It was such an interesting sensory experience.
Once, she got the idea of placing her entire hand on the paper without moving too much, my daughter made the branches of the cherry blossom tree out of her handprint.
I painted two lines of brown paint extending from her handprint to the bottom of the paper and had her paint in between the lines. I usually never ask her to paint in the lines (as she's not developmentally ready yet), but she had fun trying.
To make the cherry blossoms Sophia ripped up tissue paper and rolled the pieces into balls. Ripping and rolling paper is a great way for kids to work on developing fine motor skills. This activity also strengthens the small finger muscles that will help build the finger dexterity needed to hold a pencil correctly.
Sophia found rolling the paper into small balls to be challenging so we kept the balls large and loose. After she finished making balls, I had her dip them into glue and place them them on the paper. She glued them all over the page. I think the final product beautifully represents a cherry blossom shower when the blossoms rain down like snow.