Hapa-Zome is the art of using flower petals to create ink printings on cloth. In this activity we used left-over flowers that were donated to the school for a holiday, but were beginning to wilt. The children each picked an assortment of flowers they liked, and they pressed them between cloth and then stamped them with blocks.
Often, the best materials to use for projects are found in our immediate environments, whether it’s the recycle bin, or the garden, great treasures are waiting to be repurposed.
This was great for sensory development, as it engaged sight, sound, smell, and touch. They also enjoyed sharing the different flowers with their friends, and discovering the unique outcomes that each flower made, especially when mixed with the color of another flower.