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Coffee Ground Gardens

Coffee Ground Gardens
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by Andrea Mulder-Slater

Here’s a tactile activity for preschoolers that combines traditional art supplies with something most of us have in our kitchens.

What You Need:

  • Thick paper
  • Watercolor paints (or crayons, or markers)
  • Scrap paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Coffee grounds

Today we had an urge to create a painting of a garden.

I thought it might be nice to include a little texture in the piece so first, I thought about going outside and scooping up some dirt. Then, I noticed a bag of ground coffee sitting on the counter…

We began by painting the sky and ground using watercolor paints.

When that was finished, we dripped some glue along the bottom of the painting and spread it out with a piece of scrap paper. We didn’t wait for the paint to dry and trust me, things got messy. But we didn’t mind!

Next came the fun part — adding coffee grounds to the painting.

To complete the picture, we added some torn tissue paper flowers with scrap paper stems as well as some colorful crayon designs.

And voila — we had a coffee garden!

Have you ever offered your little ones coffee grounds to add to their artworks? It’s messy, but it’s so much fun.

Try it yourself and keep creating!


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