Nature Craft For Kids: Dandelion Painting

Jun 8, 2015

There are two things in abundance in my backyard so far this spring: dandelions and caterpillars (thank you caterpillar outbreak!). Since my boys enjoy picking "sunflowers" (a.k.a. dandelions), we used them to do some art.

Try going on a nature hunt with your kids to collect dandelions and then try this simple process art activity afterwards. It’s a great way to explore color mixing.

You Will Need:

  • tempera paint
  • dandelions
  • paper

Dandelions, 4 colours of paint and paper.

I have to credit my husband with this idea. I asked him to brainstorm ideas for the kids with me and he suggested stamping with dandelions because "everyone has dandelions." I thought it was a great idea!

How To Do It:

We used the dandelions like paint bushes, dipping them into the paint and stamping them on the paper.

A child uses a dandelion to stamp blue paint on paper.

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My boys (ages 3 and 5) explored color mixing by mixing two or more colors together and then stamping the new colours on the paper. 

The boys also tried out some different painting techniques—for instance, they dragged the flowers and stems through the wet paint.

A child paints swirls of different colours with a dandelion paintbrush.

Overall, it was a great, frugal activity and a fun process for the boys. Have you tried painting with nature before?

Article Author Dyan Robson
Dyan Robson

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Married to her high school sweetheart, Dyan is mom to two boys, J and K, who also teaches piano out of her home. On her blog And Next Comes L, Dyan shares her story of raising a child with hyperlexia, hypernumeracy and autism, amongst a variety of sensory activities for kids. You can find out more about their story on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.


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