It’s almost Sakura season in Japan. Sakura means ‘Cherry Blossoms.’ Every year, from the end of March to the beginning of April, millions of cherry blossom trees bloom in Japan. Parks and some river banks are covered in pink, which is a really beautiful sight. Inspired by the Japanese cherry blossom trees, I decided to make this into an activity with my kids: Cherry Blossom Painting for Preschoolers. We created this through dot painting, one of our favourite art activities for kids.
Cherry Blossom Painting for Preschoolers
What you need
- Cherry Blossom Tree Template <<< Click on this link to get the Free Printable. Or you can also draw your own tree trunk and branches.
- Q-tips Cotton Swabs (or Cotton Buds)
- Red paint
- White paint
Cherry Blossom Painting Preparation
- We started by looking at photos of Cherry Blossoms in Japan.
- Print the Cherry Blossom Tree Template or draw your own tree trunk and branches.
- Mix a small amount of red and white paints together until you get your desired pink color.
- You can also use pink paint, but I prefer making the kids mix their own colors. My preschooler was happy with using one shade of pink and a bit of white. While older kids may prefer to use various shades of pink. It just leaves more room for their imagination to mix their own colors.
Time for Cherry Blossom Painting
Let your preschooler dip the Q-tip into the paint. Then let him/her dab, dab, dab the paint all over the tree.
- Younger preschoolers will randomly dab all over the piece of paper. And that is fine. It allows them to create freely and could possibly even be good stress relief. Plus it’s good for their hand-eye coordination. Older kids will be a bit more deliberate, so you can encourage older ones to create small flower patterns within the branches.
This Cherry Blossom Painting for Preschoolers is a great way to introduce young kids to a unique natural occurrence in Japan. Teachers can use this as an art activity for a Japanese unit study. Or create it to simply have fun with your kids.
We have created other Dot Painting projects in the past. So if you’d like to do more of these, you might want to check out:
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