Flower Printing for Kids


These flower printing ideas are perfect for learning about plants and flowers. Using real flowers and tempera paint make these pretty pictures and cards. You could also use silk flowers if you can't use fresh or have a large group to work with. Perfect for the classroom too!


printing with tempera and flowers
  • 1 large construction paper

  • Tempera Paint

  • Flowers, Stems, Leaves

  • Paper plates or trays to separate parts of plants: petals, stems and leaves.

  • Plastic paint palettes or small paper plates for each color

  • Newspaper to cover work space


printing with flowers using tempera
  • Select a piece of construction paper. We suggest white for the best results. However black had some interesting results with the right color paint.
  • Cut a few stems and leaves to print.
  • Lay the construction paper on newspaper.
  • Determine which flowers will be used for each color.

Tips and Suggestions

  • Do a test print to see how much paint is needed.
  • You could use silk flowers if you don't have fresh flowers.
  • Make pictures or patterns with the printing. We used stems and leaves to print as well.
  • These flower crafts are a perfect culminating activity for Spring or a plant unit. Reading books on plants and parts of plants will also help children learn about flowers and understand where to place the flower and stems.
  • Add a poem or message and this can make a cute Mother's Day or Father's day picture for children to make and take home.

Other Ideas

Make Cards
making cards with flower prints
Make cute cards by either cutting smaller sheets of construction paper in half. You can adhere a poem or letter on the inside.

Cut strips of construction paper and connect two to make a long strip. Print patterns of colors or type of flowers on each strip.

Science Concepts

  • Seeing
  • the different parts of a flower
  • Feeling
  • the parts of a flower
  • Smelling
  • the leaves, flower

  • Oral
  • Describing or explaining parts of a flower
  • Pictorial
  • Using books to help learn about plants

  • Grouping
  • Putting parts of the plants into groups