Spring Daffodils with Preschoolers and Toddlers
Last year on Learning for Life I saw a post about painting Daffodils with preschoolers and when J and T picked multiple daffodils from the garden this week it seemed the perfect opportunity to set up painting still life spring flowers with both of them.
With two kids of different ages and stages I find it easier to set up two sets of equipment for them. J loves using paint pots similar to how he does at preschool, they are also great if I’m on a less mess if possible day. T on the other hands still hasn’t got the fine motor skills to deal well with a paint pot so I either use a dish or like the yoghurt pot that she can easily get the paint brush into. With the daffodils set out on a piece of white paper in front of them and green and yellow paint provided they set about creating a still life.
It’s interesting to see the different stages of developing their art work that J and T are at. T is currently 2 and 1 month and J is 3 and 7 months. T tackles the painting by splodging the paint on – you can see that she has identified that there is a green part and a yellow part and that is on top of the stem, but we don’t have an idea that it is a flower yet.
J on the other hand is developing skills where he is able to use the brush in different way to create different shapes – he does strokes to get the stem up and down – fantastic for pre-writing skills and then swirls for the centre of the daffodil.
With the petals he discovered that the best way to form then was to squash the brush onto the page producing the petal shape easily and moving it around the central circle.
Last year when J picked the daffodils in the garden we used them to explore how plants work and created colourful petals with a very simple experiment for kids to do at home with you.