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Spring Art Painting Daffodils with Toddlers and Preschoolers

With sunshine and March just around the corner, it feels like Spring is upon us and we’re getting in the spirit especially with St David’s Day (St David is the patron saint of Wales as his day is the 1st of March) coming up. Taking inspiration for this and the flowers that are starting to appear in the garden we set about setting up a simple spring art project for our toddler and preschooler. So gather some spring daffodils and paint and let your toddlers and preschoolers paint what they see in this spring craft for St David’s Day.

Spring Art Project for Toddlers and Preschoolers to paint Daffodils. Ideal as a St David's Day project for your tots.

Spring Art Project for Toddlers

Although we love making Crafts with our toddlers and preschoolers we also like to introduce more art. Still life painting gives them a focus and it’s amazing how much detail they will notice and put to paper. Although we have an easel we did decide with this activity to paint on the tabletop so that both the toddler and the preschooler could paint together.

Looking for more Spring Arts and Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers then check out ideas here.

Materials Needed to Paint Daffodils for Spring Art with Toddlers

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Daffodils from the garden or store

Easel Paper

Yellow and Green Paint

Paint Brushes and Spongers

Paint Pots or containers especially when working with different ages.

Check out our Spring Bucket List for Toddlers with FREE Printable to find fun activities to do together this spring.

How to set up an Invitation to Paint Daffodils with Toddlers and Preschoolers.

With two kids of different ages and stages, I find it easier to set up two sets of equipment for them.

Toddler and preschooler painting together. A separate set of equipment for each to avoid arguments.

J loves using paint pots similar to how he does at preschool, they are also great if I’m on a less mess as 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 paintbrush into.

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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.

Daffodils from the garden on white paper to invite children to paint what they see in a toddler or preschool invitation to create

It’s interesting to see the different stages of developing their artwork 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.

Toddler creating pictures of daffodils

J, on the other hand, is developing skills where he is able to use the brush in a 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.

preschooler painting a daffodil. strokes and dot for the stem and centre of the flower.

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.

spring art from toddlers and preschoolers making still life pictures.
preschooler adding petals to a still life picture of daffodils he has produced
Daffodil picture by preschooler

Spring Flower Books to Read Aloud

Why not finish off the activity by sitting together and reading. Check out these fantastic books for spring that you and your tot will love.

Looking for even more? We’ve put together our best books about spring for lots of other recommendations.

More Daffodil Activities for Spring and St David’s Day

Daffodil science experiment for toddlers
Spring Daffodil Picture

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.

We have also loved making our own 3D Spring Daffodil picture with preschoolers it is a great way to work on cutting skills with them and they have lots of fun making something in the different dimensions.

Spring Art and Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Don’t forget that you can bookmark or pin this Spring Art to make when spring has arrived where you are. It’s simple to do and although we used daffodils you could use any of the colourful spring flowers from your own gardens.

Spring Art Project for Toddlers and Preschoolers. Painting daffodils from the store or garden. A fun way to introduce painting what you see to your tots.


  1. Impressive work by both the kids! I love that J squashed the brush onto the paper to make the petals!
    I haven’t set up a still life painting session for my girls in awhile, I think I’ll set one up tomorrow! Flowers are the perfect subject for Spring 🙂

  2. Beautiful. Love the idea of using muller yoghurt tubs for two paint colours. We also set up a different set of resources for our younger one. He loves colour mixing, he can make a thousand different shades of brown. My princess does not like this!lol

  3. Thanks so much for the mention. This is still one of my favourite activities & one I think the children love as they feel so grown up doing this. I’m very impressed by J’s painting & hope it is proudly displayed with T’s.

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