Cotton Ball Flower Painting for Spring

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INSIDE: Cotton Ball Flower Painting is a great art activity for Spring! Create and decorate cotton ball flowers with your toddlers and preschoolers!

Cotton Ball Painting Fun

If you have been following my blog for the last few months you know that I love a good cotton ball craft for kids. I have created a Valentines, snowflake, Christmas tree, Menorah and Kinara. In this fun activity we created flowers for Spring. We used coloured water and eye droppers to make a fantastic fine motor activity for little hands!

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How to Set up Cotton Ball Flower Painting

Grab your piece of cardboard. You’ll want it to be large enough to be able to create 2-3 flowers. Also the extra room you have around the flower will help to keep the mess down.

Draw the outline of 2-3 spring flowers and hand it to your little one to do the rest. Hand them a bottle of glue and invite them to trace the flowers (a small section at a time) with the glue and then have them stick cotton balls in the glue to create the cotton ball flowers. Show them how to do their first.

Once the flowers are complete it’s time to paint them!

Decorating your Cotton Ball Flowers

If this is the first time your little one is using an eye droppers I suggest practicing using them with just water before adding the food colouring.

Once they get the hang of squeezing and letting go to draw the water up the eye dropper you can add the food colouring to the water.

Grab six bowls or glasses and fill them half way with water. Add a few drops of different food colouring into each container. We did all the colours of the rainbow from red to purple.

Invite your child to using the eye droppers to colour the cotton balls flowers!

Containing the Mess

This is indeed a messy activity. The good news is that the cardboard will catch and absorb most of the mess. Make sure to use a piece of cardboard large enough to hold the flowers with some room on the ends to catch any run off.

Another way to contain the mess is to cover your table in Kraft paper or larger pieces of cardboard to protect it as well. Also dress your child play clothes as the coloured water may stain.

Total Hit

Cotton ball flowers was such as fun activity! The best part of the activity was when my daughter figured out that she could reuse the water by sucking it up out of the cotton balls!

My kids are 6.5 and almost 3 years old.

Looking for more Fun Spring Crafts & Activities? Check out these fun ideas:

My happy kids are 6.5 years and 3 years old.


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  • Cardboard
  • Cotton balls
  • Glue
  • Pencil or Sharpie
  • Eye Droppers
  • Bowls
  • Water
  • Food Colouring


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