This is the perfect time for a spring craft for kids. Anyone else loving this time of year? I know we are. I love to plan a little activity for my kids that has to do with what we are excited for or learning about. Right now I keep pointing out the buds on the trees or the yellow tulips that are sprouting in the yard. Springtime colors and smells are so fun to draw your Childs attention to. I thought my littles might enjoy a little springtime dabble in color and flowers. It perfect for preschoolers or kindergartens or distracted mom….really its good for all the people. So here is a simple coffee filter flower activity. Read all the way through the post for 2 ideas with coffee filters!
- Coffee filters
- Water colors paints and paint brush (Good luck finding those stupid little yellow paint brushes that are “supposed” to be in the paint set. I swear they disappear in my house.)
- Small container of water
- Cookie pan (optional)
- Cut your coffee filters into different flower shapes
- Place your “flowers”, water color paints, paint brush and water container on a cookie tray
Introduce your child to their activity. This activity involves no steps or bossing. I love those activities. In fact my baby was more interested in cutting out flowers than she was in painting. Whatever floats your boat little miss. That is something this control freak mama had to come to grips with. The little people don’t always want to do what you think they should. Sometimes you’ll put in time and energy to make an “awesome” activity and your child will be more interested in ripping the paper off the crayons. Hey if they are focused and strengthening those little finger muscles I say rip away little learner.
I have learned a little trick with watercolor paints and children. If you put a little water in each paint color you will avoid a little frustration. Sometimes children will become angry that their paint brush isn’t carrying enough of the the beautiful color back to the paper. A little added water from mom can go a far way.
This activity is especially fun to have a conversation about colors. The coffee filter helps the colors bleed and mix a lot better than paper. A simple question like, “What happened to the yellow when you put it next to the red?” can start some great discoveries.’
When your child announces they are done tell your child what you see. “Wow I see you used a lot of purple!” Then ask them a question. “What is your favorite part?” These types of questions help them focus on the process and not so much on the finished part. That is a huge benefit to your child. So often children can become frustrated that their finished product doesn’t look like their parents or teachers example. If you can help them appreciate the process they can enjoy creative endeavors a lot more.
TIP: I put a few paper towels under the coffee filter flower my child was painting to avoid it ripping and sticking to the cookie tray, as in the picture below.
We laid all of our flowers out to dry. This activity was really more about the fun of it but Middle Miss wanted to bring her flowers to Gammy (grandma) so we strung a couple flowers onto a green pipe cleaner and it turned out very cute.
Extension Coffee Filter Flower
- Coffee filters
- Pipettes, small syringes or small spoons
- Cookie tray
- Cut out your coffee filters into cute flowers
- Place the markers and coffee filter flowers on the cookie tray
- Prep a small container of water and your pipette for the next step, but don’t place in arms reach yet…or in eyes reach yet…in fact hide that stuff
For this extension of the activity start with a little marker time. I encouraged my child to dot and draw on their coffee filter flowers. It is fun to do different colored areas and not mix the colors as much. This will make the next step more interesting.
After the flower is well marked it is time to add the water and pipettes. Now it is time to teach your little how to use the pipettes. “First we pinch, then put it in the water, then open your fingers, now take out the water, now pinch again over flower.” The first few times, especially with 2-3 year olds you might want to physically guide your child so they can learn how the pipettes work.
Encourage your child to drop water on the different marker marks on the coffee filters. This will make the colors bleed and spread. It is fun to also encourage your child to pick up one side of the coffee filter and watch the water drip across the coffee filter. This is a great time to talk about colors and how they can change.
After the flowers are colorful, and very wet it is time to lay them out to dry. The bonus of using coffee filters they can dry fairly quickly.
We stacked a few flowers together and added a pipe cleaner and it was a beautiful flower! I love how big and colorful they turn out!
And with that you have two different ways to make colorful coffee filter flowers. Let us know if you have any other fun ways to make some coffee filter flowers. Or tag @adventuresofourplayfulhome on instagram and let us see what your child made!