Printmaking for Kids: Kitchen Sponge Cherry Blossom TreesMaryLea Harris
- Clean kitchen sponge
- Sharp scissors
- Wooden clothespins
- Washable paint (white, red, green, and/or pink)
- Brown crayon
Spring is the perfect time to make a painting of trees with your children while you talk about the changing of the seasons and the beauty of springtime. I tell my children that the trees are “naked” in the winter and grow their blossoms and buds in the spring.
Begin by drawing blank trees across a horizontal piece of paper; you’ll want several trees. Drawing blank trees can be stressful. Another trick I use with children: I show them how a tree is shaped like the letter “Y” and each branch that comes off are smaller “Y”s – if you can draw a “Y,” you can draw a tree!
To prep your homemade stamps, cut a clean kitchen sponge into skinny strips and pinch it in half with a clothespin. The clothespins form handles to keep your fingers out of the paint! Pour a bit of paint on a plate and start dabbing some flowers and leaves on your tree. If you pour two colors side by side (for example pink and white), they will blend from the sponges as you dab them on the paper, creating a 3-D effect. You can also stamp some green at the bottom of your drawing for bright spring grass – a fun effect can be achieved by stamping yellow and green or light green and dark green together!
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