We smelled and touched the flowers and then arranged them in a pretty glass vase. Once the vase was in the middle of the table, we asked the small group gathered there to really look at the flowers. To notice the shapes and colors. To think about the parts of the flower. Which parts could they see?
We gave the children large sheets of heavy white paper and oil pastels and then stood back to see what they came up with. When they finished, they were able to apply a wash of watercolor over the pastels.
I think it's so interesting to see how each child "looked" at the vase of flowers. One little boy seemed to be attracted to the red vase which he drew in the middle of the page and then filled with red flowers (even though there were flowers in other colors as well). Most children included the vase, but some only saw the flowers.