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Stop and Paint the Roses

close up of stamping action

Whether they’re popping up in gardens, pots, fields, or grassy freeway medians, flowers come in all different shapes, sizes, and hues.

For this petal-powered painting activity your child can use a range of household items to create her own collection of gorgeous and vibrant blooms. 

What You Will Need

  • Large piece of cardboard, poster board, or other sizable background material
  • Non-toxic (and washable, if desired) tempera paint
  • Plates to use as palettes, and bowls of water for rinsing brushes
  • Paint brushes and other household items that can be used for painting/stamping interesting lines and shapes, such as plastic bottles, cupcake wrappers, puff balls, forks, etc.
  • Optional: assorted decorative items like old buttons, beads, popcorn kernels, pieces of fabric or tissue paper, etc., as well as glue

Painting and holding water bottle


1. Find a paint-and-glue-friendly surface to set up, and put out all the supplies.

Girl using stamper with spines

2. Step back and let your child’s imagination blossom as she experiments with different ways of making flowers using the materials you provided. She can certainly add other elements like birds, bugs, clouds, the sun, or renditions of your family.

two girls painting roses

Use the time to chat about fun flower facts: Roses are related to apples! Moonflowers only bloom at night! Bees collect pollen and nectar from flowers to make honey for your toast!

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