It’s time for flowers so get ready to celebrate spring with this spring flower potato painting idea! This activity is all about potatoes, paint, and a cute way to make the center of each flower really pop! These would make a pretty May flower display or an adorable Mother’s Day craft because what mom could resist hand painted flowers from their favorite kids’.
The center of the flower is the key to keeping this activity kid friendly for lots of ages. My little preschooler was thrilled to add the finishing touches to his painting. I could see the pride in his eyes as he stood back and admired his work. My little kindergartner couldn’t stop making flowers because the potatoes made it so easy to paint petals. We have a garden sitting on our table drying. I am excited for you to have a painted garden too.
What You Need For Spring Flower Potato Painting
Setting up Spring Flower Potato Painting
Wash and dry your potatoes. Students are a great help for this step.
Cut the potatoes in half. I like to cut some long ways and some short ways (this step is for adults only).
Set up trays of paint for students. I like using large leftover lids to hold our paint during activities like this because when we are done I can wash them out or throw them away.
Have students dip the potatoes in the paint and stamp them onto their paper. They may need to give them a little jiggle to make sure the paint transferred to the paper.
Let them explore with textures and colors as they paint. My kids noticed the lines the paint made on their green leaves. They thought it looked like leaf veins.
My kid’s liked swirling the potato around. Basically anything they paint will end up looking like a flower once the center is added in.
While the paint is still wet have the students stick a mini cupcake liner in the center of each flower. If the paint is not sticky enough they could use glue.
To make the yellow center of the flower have students use paint brushes to make a yellow circle.
Once the paintings are dry they are ready to enjoy. If students are making a card for Mother’s Day they could staple another piece of paper to the back to write a note on or fold their paper in half.
I like to add writing practice to our crafts so once my kids were done painting they finished the sentence, “Flowers are…” My son said, “Pretty,” my daughter said, “pretty because they add lots of color to our garden.”
I hope you enjoy making your own Spring Flower Potato Painting!