This is one of my favorite Mother’s Day art projects the preschool kiddos have made. Of course, I’m biased, and I always think their art is beautiful! The kids’ love of our drip-drop coffee filter flowers inspired their Mother’s Day art.
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Mixed-Media Mother’s Day Art Using Kids’ Hand Prints
While I love process art, and we do a TON in preschool, I also love creating keepsake art with kids’ hand prints. The kiddos made the decisions for what their art would look like, and they did a lot of the “work”, but I also helped quite a bit. Just keepin’ it real!
Make sure the kiddos have made their coffee filter flowers. In most cases, my students had more than enough to choose from. However, there were a few who didn’t make any the first time around. If that was the case, I asked them to make some. It wasn’t a hardship on anyone, let me tell you!
Whip up some homemade Mod Podge. There are a lot of ways to do that, but I simply add water to plain old white school glue. I add enough water to make it easy to paint with.
How to Make the Mixed-Media Bouquet
Have each child choose three coffee filter flowers for their canvas.
After choosing three flowers, paint the top half of the canvas with the watery glue mixture.
Carefully have the kiddo place the coffee filter flowers one at a time. Encourage her to gently press down so that the flowers adhere to the glue on the canvas. Once all of the flowers are in place, gently paint on more homemade Mod Podge if needed.
Once the flowers are added, have the child choose a paint color for his hand. At this point, I grabbed a baby wipe and a paper towel. While the student was picking a color, I blotted off any extra glue mixture with the paper towel (to prevent the colors from running). I used the baby wipe to remove any bits of color that may have come off the flower.
Once a paint color has been chosen, paint the kiddo’s hand. Help situate the hand towards the bottom, middle of the canvas. Work with the child to make a hand print there!
Using a fine paintbrush, add stems from the flowers to the hand print. This way, it looks like the child is holding a bouquet of flowers for his mom. This part I did on my own, but the children didn’t seem to mind one bit.
Be sure to add the name and date at the bottom of the canvas!
I adore how the children’s Mother’s Day art bouquets turned out, and I hope their mamas do too! What are your favorite Mother’s Day art ideas?
Originally published May 3, 2015