We have reached the letter “S” on the A-Z healthy eating series and have chosen spinach to craft with. We grow spinach in our home veggie patch (trust me, it is easy to grow!) so it is a familiar vegetable at our home.
The spinach plant is small to medium in size with bright green leaves. The leaves are thick, soft and oval shaped. Here is an opportunity for children to expand their vocabulary by naming all the descriptive words that they would associate with spinach.
The boys were very excited for this week’s craft as it involves their favourite activity – painting! We wanted to use this chance to replenish our homemade wrapping papers. Painting has many benefits for young children and is an educational activity this is also fun and exciting. Painting helps children develop hand-eye coordination and mobility skills when they are using their hand muscles. My boys were excited to try some spinach leaf stamping and colour mixing.
Spinach leaf stamping is a lot of fun and there were many gasps of delight when the boys peeled off the leaves to reveal the leaf veins on paper. Children can use a foam roller or a paintbrush to paint on the leaf while younger children may find it easier to dip one side of the leaf into the paint. The key to stamping defined veins is to paint and stamp with the side of the leaf with raised veins (i.e. back of the spinach leaf).
Next the boys tried colour mixing using the spinach leaves instead of a paintbrush. This was an awesome fine motor activity for them as they realised that painting with spinach leaves didn’t have the same control as painting with a paintbrush! The boys learnt how to control their hand movements and how much hand pressure to exert whilst painting with a bunch of spinach leaves. This was a brilliant exercise that required focus!
I also introduced the subject of primary and secondary colours to the boys and explained that secondary colours are made by mixing two primary colours. Of course, the fun part of colour mixing is in the experimenting and the boys were so delighted when they could make first green and then orange!
The boys were super impressed with their vibrant wrapping paper art and we hope that their recipients appreciate them too!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THE SPINACH ART:
- Poster paint (assorted colours)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE SPINACH ART:
- To make the leaf stamp, paint the back of a spinach leaf (the side with raised veins) and press onto paper.
- For the spinach process art, paint with a bunch of spinach leaves.
* This post and all associated images have been lovingly supplied by Iddle Peeps’ Contributor Rossa from Curious Little People. Read more about Rossa here.