If you’re a regular reader of this blog you’ll know how much we love messy play. Every monday is ‘messy monday’ in our house. We always try and do something arty, whether it’s colouring in or doing some sensory play.

Today we had a mini grass fight in the garden and decided to use the mess that we’d made into a picture. I couldn’t find Evie’s paintbrush anywhere so inspired by fork flower painting we grabbed some cutlery and set to work.

FORK FLOWER PAINTING 1This is so simple to set up. You need a fork, paint, paper, glue, some grass from the garden and a little bit of soil. Here is the end result. Can you spot the difference between Evie’s and mine? 😉

FORK FLOWER PAINTING FINALTo add the mud and grass simply run a line of glue along the bottom of the picture. I will pre-warn you, toddlers and glue do not mix very well! I had to separate Evie’s hand from the paper several times. Even though it was only pritt stick, it is surprisingly sticky!

Evie had fun blowing the grass off her hand and onto the picture…well everywhere really. She found it hilarious when she sneezed and the grass flew in the paint.


She then sprinkled the mud all over it the picture and her feet after first trying to eat it. I guess I was a bit silly giving a toddler whose just started to feed herself a fork and a bowl. No wonder she was confused.


Then she made some flower stems with the fork…well she tried.

FORK FLOWER PAINTING 2This was such fun little craft to do and was really easy to put together. I’m not sure that Evie will be the next Picasso, but I’m happy she put the paint on the paper and didn’t eat it for the first time in 17 months! What do you think of her flower garden?


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What activities have you been doing lately? Would you try fork flower painting with your little one?

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  1. September 1, 2015 / 10:45 am

    This is a great idea! Looks lovely 🙂


  2. Jenny Eaves
    September 1, 2015 / 5:53 pm

    Lovely idea and cute photos! I love mixing up painting and glueing natural pieces on together. Evie looks like she had fun too! #toddlerapprovedtuesday 🙂 x

    • September 3, 2015 / 8:51 am

      Thank you so much. It was VERY messy. 🙂 But there is so much you can do with outdoors materials isn’t there. I can’t wait till Autumn so we can do some sensory baskets with things found in the woods. x

  3. September 1, 2015 / 6:43 pm

    What a fab idea! I love this… I bet my girls would really enjoy it! #toddlerapprovedtuesday x

    • September 3, 2015 / 8:52 am

      Thank you Claire! It’s so easy to do. But VERY messy. 🙂 X

  4. September 2, 2015 / 6:41 am

    I absolutely love Evie’s picture. Hope your going to going to keep it x

    • September 3, 2015 / 8:59 am

      It’ll be taking pride of place on her wall. 🙂 x

  5. September 2, 2015 / 10:43 am

    What a fun craft. I love how you have it set up on the floor with a cloth. There’s a slight difference between your & Evie’s art lol 🙂 #KidsCorner

    • September 3, 2015 / 9:07 am

      haha thank you so much. Evie’s is so much better 😉 This is a piece of oil cloth, it was only about £5 and it is AMAZING for messy play. It just wipes clean. x

  6. September 2, 2015 / 6:39 pm

    Love this idea. I may have to try it with my toddler.

    • September 3, 2015 / 9:14 am

      It’s so easy to do. Be pre-warned, it does get messy. x

  7. September 3, 2015 / 2:42 pm

    Hehehe, I gave Luke a fork and a yogurt pot once just after he had started to feed himself. Same thing happened, he was a bit confused! These looks wonderful, such a simple but pretty craft! Ray xx #toddlerapprovedtuesday

    • September 5, 2015 / 6:47 pm

      Hahaha oh no. That’s the problem with upcycling and using everyday things in crafts when they’re this small! But I guess it’s all a learning curve. Thank you so much for your comment. x

  8. Emma
    September 4, 2015 / 6:44 pm

    This is such a great idea. I’ll be trying it out next week.

    Thank you for sharing ?.

    • September 5, 2015 / 6:56 pm

      Thank you so much Emma! 😀 I hope you enjoy it. x

  9. September 5, 2015 / 7:07 am

    Oh what a lovely idea makes a great picture! Thanks for linking up to #kidscorner x

    • September 5, 2015 / 6:59 pm

      Thank you so much! And thank you for hosting too. 😀 x

  10. September 6, 2015 / 1:36 pm

    This looks great fun, I will definitly be giving it a try with Elsie one afternoon. Thanks so much for sharing with #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

  11. September 8, 2015 / 6:25 pm

    Oh that is too cute!! Thanks for sharing in #KidsCorner x

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