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Poinsettia Print Project

Poinsettia print art project: simple kid’s art and craft activity for the holidays.

One of my favorite art lessons for kids involves a simple kitchen sponge and tempera paints. If you haven’t tried this lesson before, gather up some kitchen sponges and cut into petal shapes. I promise the prep you do now will last for years. The last time I did this lesson was in 2010 and I still have the sponges.

This lesson takes one, forty-minute class time. In my class of 21 first grade students, all but 2 finished the project and it’s worth saying that they were very, very close. It’s not meant to be a race, but I know how valuable a one-session lesson can be. This particular one is perfect for the week before Christmas holidays as it is so engaging.

Here’s what to do:

Poinsettia print art project: simple kid’s art and craft activity for the holidays.

Place some yellow paint in small containers with a few Q-tips. Make the center of the poinsettia plants first using 5 or 6 dots gathered in groups around the paper. I asked my kids to do at least 4 groups of dots. Little math tie-in for those who need it!

Then, using a petal shaped sponge, dipped into paint. I squeeze some liquid tempera paint onto a few trays and allow the colors to just sit there. For instance, on one tray, I squeezed red, white and some pink. The kids can use one or all colors. Feel free to change the colors up or to place different colors at each table group for variety.

Stamped around the cluster of yellow dots.

Dip sponge into more paint and stamped around the next cluster. Older children will do this step with far more concentration and thus the flower shapes will be more precise. My little first graders did an amazing job even though their small motor skills aren’t as polished. But this proves that children of all ages will love this project.

The final step involves using another color to paint the background. The trick here is to outline the flowers with the paint, then paint the spaces between the flowers in with the background color.

It’s a good idea to stick with one background color as the flowers need to be the star of the show.

Aren’t these first grade paintings beautiful? They did so well. Proud of my little artists…

Poinsettia print art project: simple kid’s art and craft activity for the holidays.

Enjoy experimenting with complimentary colors too!

An easy holiday or anytime craft that can turn an ordinary kitchen sponge into a beautiful piece of art. Great printmaking art project for kids. An easy holiday or anytime craft that can turn an ordinary kitchen sponge into a beautiful piece of art. Great printmaking art project for kids.

    7 Comments

  1. I made these a few years ago with my children…for friends and grandparents….we framed them and gave them as gifts and everyone loved them! I still smile when I see them displayed each year!

    Joanne

    December 5, 2014

  2. I work with those with Alzheimer’s – so I need to use lesson plans geared down for simplicity. This is perfect. Adult like subject and will allow them success in the project. Many of my members have arthritis in their hands as well as one is legally blind – this creates many challenges! Thank you for this project idea!

    Mary ALice Landry

    December 7, 2014

  3. These are so gorgeous! I am sharing on my fb page:).

    Becky

    December 11, 2014

  4. I teach Art K-5. This project looks like it will be great for all classes! I’m looking forward to having the students do this!

    Becky

    November 15, 2015

  5. Want to try these with my 5th graders..simple, yet beautiful. Now if I can only get them to complete the project in 40 minutes….

    Donna

    December 2, 2015

    • Actually shouldn’t be too hard with 5th grade. Use larger sponges and a smaller piece of paper to ensure completion.

      Patty Palmer

      December 3, 2015

  6. I love these! Any ideas for taking them to the next level if I’m teaching to 4-6th graders?

    meghan

    September 17, 2016

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