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Cherry Blossom Stamps

We’re celebrating spring with lots of floral crafts! Here’s a cherry blossom stamp art project. Bonus: you reuse/recycle a soda or water bottle for your stamp.

Materials:

  • brown paint
  • pink paint
  • white paper
  • paint brush
  • soda or water bottle

Directions:

1. Dilute the brown paint a little with a drop of water and paint the branches and twigs. I showed my kids how you can get thicker strokes by pressing down with the brush. We also examined branches to see how smaller twigs connected to bigger branches, which connect to trunks.

2. Dip the bottle in the pink paint and stamp! This is the really fun part. It is easy to get carried away!

Let the artwork dry and clean up the mess!

Educational Connections:

  • Culture / Art History: In Japanese culture, the cherry blossom representing the ephemeral, delicate and short-lived, appearance of spring. Why is spring seen as delicate and brief? What role does nature play in traditional Japanese art?
  • Science: Explore the life cycle of flowering trees. Look for signs of spring outside.
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Candace Lindemann, Yale, BA, Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM, is an educational consultant and published writer. She enjoys new learning experiences with her children, ages 6 and 4 and 1.5.

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