For this activity you will need some empty plastic bottles, tempera paint, and paper. I wanted some variety so I used a one liter, two liter and pint bottle.
I squirted 4 colors of paint on a tray (you could use less or more, but my girls sometimes get overwhelmed with too many choices).
I showed the kids how they could hold a bottle and dip it in the paint so that the bottom of the bottle would get thoroughly coated. Then we pressed the bottles onto the paper to make our flower imprints. I liked that I used the different bottles because each one had a different bottom which resulted in a nice variety of flowers.
We are big Disney theme park fans in our house and A already sees hidden Mickeys everywhere. Maybe the brainwashing is working! I had to laugh when she made some prints and said "look, it's a Mickey head!" That's my girl!
They did many, many prints and I almost ran out of places to put all the drying pictures. Here are a few examples:
This ended up being a 2 day project since I got the idea that it would be cute to add some stems and grass to our paintings when they had dried. So the next day, I taped another piece of paper to their finished paintings and drew some stems on the flowers. If you have an older child you could have them draw the stems. I think pipe cleaners glued on the paper would make adorable stems too. For the grass I gave the girls some green construction paper to tear.
I then provided the girls with some recycled applesauce cups filled with Elmer's glue and a water color paint brush. They carefully glued the torn "grass" on the bottom of the paper.
See how careful they are being? Well that lasted about 3 minutes and then they started being un-careful and just putting the grass wherever they darn well pleased. Luckily they ran out of green paper before they could cover up the all the prints. Maybe the grass had just been mowed and a strong wind came along and blew it everywhere. Yes! Now that I think about it that must be what they were trying to convey. My daughters are geniuses!
One of my favorite things to come out of this multi-day art fest was the fact that the kids were so engrossed in it. When B finished her grass she said she wanted to do more. So I gave her some orange and purple construction paper and we tore it together (mostly me) and she made a collage. A had no interest in this, but B later declared it was her favorite part of the activity. I might have to revisit torn paper collage at some point soon.