As Cheekwood’s Tots program is temporarily suspended, we are sharing today’s activity for parents and tots to activate at home. Use our files to create your own lily pond, then share your work with us by tagging @cheekwood on Instagram and using #cheekwoodtots!
Here’s what you’ll need:• Cardboard or sturdy paper
• Paint, pastels or crayons in yellow, blue and white
• Paint brush if using paint
• Pink tissue paper (or any color tissue paper)
• Green construction paper
Directions:1. Cut out a pond shape from a piece of cardboard or paper if preferred.
2. Scatter dots of white, blue, and yellow paint around the piece of cardboard.
3. Using the back of a spoon or a paintbrush, spread the paint around to cover the pond. Set aside to dry.
4. To make a lily pad, cut out a circle from green construction paper and cut a wedge out of it.
5. To make the flowers, cut out a circle from tissue paper and pinch the middle into a point. Layer more tissue circles for fluffier flowers. Glue onto the lily pads.
6. Once the paint has dried, add your lily pads and flowers.
Try pairing the activity with one of these books:
In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming
Pond Circles by Betsy Franco
Would You Rather Be a Pollywog? (All About Pond Life) by Bonnie Worth
Ask your artist: • What colors did you mix to make green?
• Claude Monet, a famous artist, painted the water lilies in his garden. Can you draw something you see the next time you’re outside?
• Where around your home can you gather inspiration to create art?
• What can you find at a lily pond? Fish, tadpoles, plants, birds?