I love living close to our nations capital; especially during the spring time when Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom. Every year our family takes a little trip down to the tidal basin to see these lovely flowering trees. As peek bloom sneaks up on us quickly; I want to share about some fun and creative cherry blossom activities to do with kids. Today we had a blast going to Hains park to play and take in the breath taking views. Than we came home and created some beautiful pieces of art. To learn more about the National Cherry Blossom Festival please see the guide.


COTTON BALL CHERRY BLOSSOMS


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • Construction/Craft Paper
  • Paint
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Cloths Pin
  • Cotton Balls

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. To make your trunk and branches for your cherry blossom tree, use pencil to trace your child’s hand on brown paper.
  2. Next, cut your trunk and branches out.
  3. Glue the tree trunk and branches to a blue piece of paper.
  4. To set up for painting, squeezes a dab of pink paint on a pallet or plate, have your child pinch open the clothes pin to pinch a cotton ball. Next, have them dab their cotton ball in the paint and press on the paper to make flowers.

 


POPCORN CHERRY TREES


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • Craft Paper
  • Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Glue
  • Popcorn

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Paint a tree trunk and branches on a piece of paper.
  2. Place drops of glue scattered on the branches.
  3. Squeeze a small amount of paint onto a plate or pallet. Dip pieces of popcorn in paint and than place on the glue dots.  This project might take a little while for the paint and glue to dry. Once dry, hang up on display.

STRINGING CHERRY BLOSSOMS


SUPPLIES:

  • Egg Carton
  • Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Beads
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Scissors

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. To make pedals use scissors to cut your egg carton pieces into flower pedals. I created my flower pedals by cutting out one egg section per flower.  Poke a hole through the center of the pedal with your scissors, this way you can string them later.
  2. Paint your flowers using pink paint. Let them sit until dry.
  3. Once dry, your little one can string the flowers and beads onto the pipe cleaner.  You can place your blossoms in a vase for display. 

 

***The Playful Parent is 501c3 non-profit that provides families with  free support and resources. Homemade Monday articles are written to advocate learning through play. All photographs are property of www.theplayfulparent.org. This project was inspired  by Projects With Kids- Cherry Blossom Painting***