13th April 2022 All Posts

Sustainability Activity of the Week: Flower Hammer Art

We think it’s important to provide useful resources for early years practitioners, childminders, and parents in terms of sustainability – and this series aims to bring you easy crafts and activities that will teach children about sustainable living. 

Easter is just around the corner and today’s activity could be a wonderful Easter card or gift idea to make for a family member. Using the natural pigment in flowers to create stunning art is a great way to build a connection for children between art and nature.

Safety First!

Make sure children watch their fingers when using a hammer.

Hammer Flower Art

What you’ll need:

  • A piece of paper 
  • Flowers 
  • Kitchen roll 
  • A child safe hammer 

Method:

  1. Collect flowers from your garden or buy a bouquet of flowers. 
  2. Allow children to arrange flowers face down on a piece of paper in whatever pattern they like. 
  3. Lay a piece of kitchen roll over the flowers and very carefully hit the flower with a hammer, this will bring out the pattern onto the paper.
  4. Leave to dry for 5 minutes and uncover, picking off the flowers to leave stunning stamps.
  5.  Hang up for a lovely spring decoration! 

Join us next week for another sustainable early years activity, and if you try this out, don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @ConnectChildcare. Have you seen our other sensory activities? We have a FREE Spring Activity Guide ideal for spring weather and sensory development.

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