My preschoolers love to create arts and crafts! Here’s some fun we recently had making cupcake liner flowers.
We have a variety of materials in our classroom art center, and they are free to create for a large portion of our day. In addition to those materials, I like to put out little invitations to create at the art center. It’s rarely something complicated – usually just a few items placed on the table for the children to discover. It’s always interesting to see what the children make!
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Usually, the children do their own things with the items I leave out on the art table. Sometimes a few will create a collaborative piece of art, too. This time, all of the kids chatted and decided to make cupcake liner flowers. It was fun listening to them chat about what the cupcake liners looked like and what they should make with them.
Some children grouped the liners into one large flower, while others made each individual liner into a flower. A few others decided to stack the liners together to make one big bloom. The buttons and pompoms were placed in the center. One of my girls created a number garden, writing the numbers inside each of her flowers! Even though they came up with the same goal, cupcake liner flowers, each of them was different!
Since we’re a fan of collaborative canvas art, we also put together a team piece. Some children painted the canvas with purple watercolors. Once the canvas was dried, a few others came and added the flowers. I found it interesting that they flattened the liners for our canvas piece, even though they didn’t like them flattened when creating their individual art. Buttons and such were added before the canvas was declared done!
Towards the end of the day, one of the kiddos pointed out that I’d never made any flowers. Oftentimes, I sit with the children and create alongside them. Apparently they noticed I didn’t do that, and they called me on it! 🙂 So I made a few cupcake liner flowers of my own. While I like mine, I still find the students’ creativity more inspiring!
What would your children make with cupcake liners, buttons, and pompoms?
More flower-themed fun from the #PLAYfulpreschool crew:
Spring and summer are full of opportunities for preschoolers to pick flowers from the yard. Bring a bouquet inside and have fun arranging them while learning about the alphabet in this fun and playful activity.
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Get outside with your preschooler and explore nature while hunting for flowers by color! Use the included printable to record your findings and then practice various math concepts with your data.
Flowers are not just beautiful, they have a purpose too! Many flowers turn into the food we eat. Honey bees are to thank for this! Grab your markers and celebrate the pollinators with this bee craft and science activity for kids.
Children love to create art using a variety of materials. Grab some colorful cupcake liners, buttons, and pompoms and watch their creativity bloom! – Fun-A-Day
Take learning outdoors. Fill the driveway with letter flowers and provide your child with plenty of opportunities to practice writing, matching, and tracing the alphabet.
There is so much playful math involved with our Flower Number Garden! Our kids especially loved the “magical” way we made them “grow!”
Learn colors, count, and practice fine motor skills with flower sensory play for preschoolers!
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Ask your child to make a beautiful flower garden with their fingers, sit back, and watch the magic.
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Amanda Boyarshinov says
I like how each child’s exploration turned out different, yet all are so pretty. What a creative group of kids you have!
How cute – I am going to raid the baking cupboard and button box and leave an invitation to create for my kids after school today. Thanks for the inspiration.
They turned out so pretty! I love the creativity that is displayed!
I love the wide variety of flowers created using the same materials. It is really interesting that some are single cups, others layered and some pressed flat. The different effects are really pretty and unique.
Jodie @ Growing Book by Book says
I remember doing this with my older son. Time to do it with my newest preschooler too!
the preschool toolbox says
These are adorable flowers! I have never thought to use pompom centers! The kids must have had FUN creating. 🙂
So pretty. I love how each one had their own idea.