cherry blossom prints

it’s march and we have pink, white, and yellow blooms all over our neighborhood here – signs of spring!

tree in our front yard

one of my favorite spring blooms are cherry blossoms. i adore their soft pink petals. with spring in our hearts, we went to a friend’s house yesterday for a playdate. N and i brought along some simple art materials: paper, sharpies, and a pink stamp pad. because the kids were going to make fingerprints, i got the water-based, washable, kid-safe stamp pad, as opposed to the dye-based kind. i have to say that it’s not very washable anyway, and i’m disappointed that the pink my store had was more hot pink than the beautiful pale color of a cherry blossom. oh well, next time.

regardless, the girls went to town making lots of fingerprints on small rectangles of white paper.

we noticed they preferred to use just one pointer finger, so we encouraged them to use several fingers at a time to cluster the pink dots, much like the tree would have clusters of flowers. (they didn’t really care about that though.)

the more random the pink splotches, the more full and fluffy the trees turn out to look. after we had several little sheets of fingerprints, the kids were ready to play and dance, so we mommas sat down with our sharpies. we made branches connecting the little pink poufs on the page to create the cherry blossom trees.

must clarify that my tshirt was a happy matching accident - must have really had cherry blossoms on the brain!

after the playdate (and lunchtime and naptime) we gathered up some materials to glue the little tree pictures to cards, and embellish them with rhinestones, sequins, and glitter glue.

the finished cards would make sweet “happy spring!” cards or even nice mother’s day cards.

an alternative to using fingerprints would be to use a paintbrush and some (pale) pink watercolors, but i figured that when making these into cards for family, they always cherish little paw prints.

happy almost spring!

 

03.04

2010
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  • http://www.pinkandgreenmama.blogspot.com Pink and Green Mama MaryLea

    so cute!
    I’m SO ready for spring!!

  • http://www.notimeforflashcards.com Allie

    I love this! I think we must be on the same wavelength. On my other blog I just did a fingerprint activity too – but not cherry trees! I love it. Just tweeted it too :)

  • jen

    thanks, marylea! come on, springtime!!!
    allie, you and i do seem to be on the same wavelength a lot in our blogs. don’t you just love little fingerprints?! i’ll check out your fingerprint post now — thanks!

  • http://sippycupcentralmom.blogspot.com sippy cup mom

    I love this idea, thanks for sharing, I will link to this next week. Thanks, Karen

  • jen

    thanks for the props and for linking to this, karen! your blog is too cute!