My kids love to pick fresh fruits and vegetables from our local orchards. It’s one of our favorite summertime activities and always serves as a nice platform for our ‘projects’ (as the kids like to call them). Whenever the kids are getting themselves into trouble all I have to do is go into the kitchen and yell “project time!” and they come running to the table – it’s like a magic word around here 😉
We set out the strawberries and began discussing what qualifies as a berry and how the seeds of the strawberry are on the outside of the fruit for a little preschool science 🙂
Next, we sorted the berries finding the ones that didn’t look appetizing and setting them to the side for our artwork.
We then set up our watercolors. I LOVE liquid watercolors but they can be a bit pricey so we make our own! It’s super simple if you have some old dried up markers lying around your house. Place the dried markers in a cup of water and let them sit overnight, the next day you will have some liquid watercolors to enjoy for a long time!
We cut the strawberries a few different ways so that we could make a variety of prints and used the stems for printing the leaves.
Ava (23 months) decided to take it a bit further and smash the strawberries on the paper smearing them around, she’s my free-spirited little artist 🙂
This was one of those projects that was more about the process than the end result, however, I do just love how these turned out!