Spring Flower Painting with Marshmallows

Flower painting with marshmallows definitely needs to be in your art projects for kids collection! This flower art activity fits perfectly into your spring lesson plans, as well as a flower unit.

Of course, you don’t need a reason to set up the marshmallow flower painting. It can definitely be done any time of the year. And it is super low-prep, so you can get the children creating in a snap.

You can even jazz up the marshmallow flowers to create a more in-depth art experience for the kids. Or have the children use their creations as gifts for loved ones.

child using mini marshmallows to paint flowers, with text that reads flower painting with marshmallows

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I think marshmallow stamping flowers is fun for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten kids. But don’t hesitate to try it with older children, too. Maybe you’ll even get in on the fun!

Flower Painting with Marshmallows

This is a pretty straightforward art activity, but I’m still going to share supplies and tips below. Be sure to save this post for future reference.

Materials for Spring Marshmallow Painting

There’s not much to the basic list of supplies for the marshmallow art fun! Here’s all you really need to get started (I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post):

white paper, bowl of mini marshmallows, and paper plate with paint ready for kids' flower art

Of course, if you want to change things up a bit, you can grab a few additional materials, too:

But don’t let my suggestions limit you. If you think of more supplies to make the marshmallow flower art even more fun, go for it!

How to Paint Flowers with Marshmallows

Once your materials are all ready to go, it’s time to set the marshmallow art experience up for the children. Like the supply list, the steps for flower painting with marshmallows is pretty short:

  • First, set out a few paint color choices. We did so on a paper plate, but you can use reusable plates or trays.
  • Then put some marshmallows into a bowl near the paint, along with some paper or canvas.
  • Finally, place some cleaning supplies nearby just in case.

Then it’s time for the children to make their marshmallow flowers! To do so, they grab a marshmallow, dip it into the paint and then stamp it onto paper. That creates the center of the flower. After that, the children stamp the flower “petals” around the original circle.

close up of child using a mini marshmallow to paint a purple flower

And that’s all there is to it! I recommend modeling how to use the marshmallows to stamp, as well as showing the kids how to get rid of excess paint as needed. This way, your students know what the options are ahead of time.

Keep in mind, the children don’t have to only make flowers! If they want to stamp their names or paint a self-portrait with marshmallows, that’s fantastic. Or they can even try marshmallow painting process art, where they’re focused on exploring different techniques.

child painting flowers with marshmallows

If possible, encourage the children to use their pincer grasp as they focus on flower painting with marshmallows. Using the mini marshmallows will definitely help with this. Practicing the pincer grasp will serve them well as they go onto become writers. And it gives their finger muscles a good workout.

How to Tweak the Flower Painting with Marshmallows Activity

As I mentioned earlier, you can change things up. If you and your students are excited to marshmallow stamp flowers, but want to do something a little different, that’s great! Here are a few possibilities to consider:

  • Swap the mini marshmallows for their giant counterparts. That will yield much bigger flowers! Give the kids the option to incorporate both into their art.
  • Glue the marshmallows in flower shapes on paper or canvas. Once they’re dry, let the children paint the marshmallows. This will give their art a more three-dimensional look.
  • Once the flowers are done, have the kids go back and use paintbrushes to create stems and leaves. They can even do this with more marshmallow stamping!
  • If the children are concerned about getting their fingers into the paint, place flat toothpicks or small candy sticks into the marshmallows for easier stamping.
9 flowers painted with marshmallows

These are only suggestions! Feel free to come up with even more alternatives with your students. Be sure to share any new ideas in the comments below. I love hearing how other teachers are using the ideas I share on Fun-A-Day.

More Marshmallow Crafts for Kids

If your students enjoyed flower painting with marshmallows, here are a few more ideas to try:

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