Creative

Finger painted flowers

by Amy Collins June 7, 2018

Want to help your class to treat someone special in their life with a handmade gift or card? Perhaps you want your child to make something personal for their teacher? This #WhatsInMyTray activity is fun, messy play and makes for a lovely present!

Learning outcomes

You will be able to:

  • develop fine motor skills
  • use a range of materials to create a floral design

You will need (per group):

  • Two Shallow (F1) Gratnells Trays
  • A 2×3 Gratnells insert
  • Different coloured paints
  • Textured card
  • Felt tip pens
  • Small pom poms
  • Glue
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Tissue paper
  • Paper/card to make your artwork

What to do:

  • Fill a Gratnells insert with different coloured paints, pom poms and other equipment you may need to make your cards.
  • If you’re making cards, fold your paper and place in another tray. If you’re creating pretty artwork, place your A4 sheet into the tray.
  • Cut a flower pot out of textured card and glue it to the front of the card.
  • Next make some flower stems – these can be drawn or made from scrunched tissue paper or pipe cleaners.
  • Glue small pom poms to the top of the stems to make the middle of the flower.
  • Finger paint the flower petals by dipping your fingertips into the coloured paints and dabbing around the centre of the flowers.

Other things to try…

  • Use the textured card to cut out leaf shapes.
  • Printing with other objects for the petals of the flower.

Curriculum links:

EYFS- Development Matters- Expressive arts and design- Extend children’s experience and expand their imagination through the provision of pictures, paintings, poems, music, dance and story.

EYFS- Development Matters- Expressive arts and design- Provide activities that give children the opportunity and motivation to practise manipulative skills, e.g. cooking, painting, clay and playing instruments.

EYFS- Development Matters- Expressive arts and design- Provide materials to encourage large motor movements, e.g. sprinkling, throwing or spreading paint, glue, torn paper or other materials.

Key Stage 1-National curriculum- ArtTo use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.

Health and Safety

As with all Gratnells What’s In My Tray Activities, you should carry out your own risk assessment and health & safety measurements prior to undertaking any of the activities with children.