Making Flowers with Scrubbing Sponges

Spring is upon us, and we are scheduled for a few days of rain in my Northern California town. My girls like the rain, because they know that it helps flowers to grow, and they LOVE flowers. Today we will be making flowers using paint and scrubbing sponges.
Supplies you will need:
  • Paint
  • Scrubbing sponges
  • Paper
  • Green marker
  • Paper plate

I found the scrubbing sponges at Target where they have the dollar items. I am pretty sure you can find them at the dollar store too.
I drew some stems with a green marker on some art paper. This is about the extent of my artistic ability, drawing stems on paper.
I used some thicker coated paper plates as paint palettes. I squirted some paint colors onto a plate. We went with red, yellow, and orange since that seemed very spring-y.
Give your child the stem paper, a scrubbing sponge, and the paint and let them explore.
Even my youngest, C, was able to get the flowers right on the stems. At least at the beginning…
She eventually decided that this looked better.

When the kids were done making flowers, I gave them some paper and just let them create whatever they wanted.

They enjoyed the different prints they were able to make with their sponge. B called her painting “bubbles.”

I love to paint with different objects, and these sponges were a big hit. The kids even liked playing with them when they were clean and dry. If you see something around the house or in a store that you think might be fun to paint with, give it a try. I bet you will love the results.


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