Garden Art Sticks: Kindergarten Paint Project

What a thrill making Garden Art Sticks with a group of fifteen 5- and 6-year olds! I found this idea on a wonderful blog called Sweet Things and thought it would be a great project for our Kindergarten class to make for our school’s bi-annual auction.

My dear adventurous Mother ( affectionately known as Cuckoo Grandma by my children) happens to love garden art so she agreed to help. She gathered a bundle of shapely beach sticks that were already sanded smooth from being tossed in the ocean and sand. Once they were completely dry (I let them sit in the dry place a few weeks), I painted them with a couple coats of white acrylic primer. After that, they were ready to carry to the school Art Room and let the kids slather on bright acrylic paints however they desired.

STEP 1: Here is how they looked after the first step (white acrylic painted on each stick):

Garden Art Sticks before painting
Art sticks with white acrylic paint

STEP 2: Paint Bright Garden Art!

Here is how they turned out:

Painted Art Sticks class project for school auction
Painted Sticks for school auction
Painted Sticks to be used as garden art
Painted sticks close up

The kids did such a great job. They seemed to take extra care since this was something special to raise money for their school. It was a bit messy but everyone did their best and I love the finished Garden Art Sticks.

kindergartners painting sticks for garden art
Kindergartner painting a stick for Art Project

Things were getting more and more messy as they painted but most of the kids wore aprons.

That is, all of the kids except for this dear boy (mine):

William holding his Kindergarten Art Project

I was concerned that parents would be upset if their kids came home with stained clothes because acrylic paint doesn’t wash out. Then I realized it was only my sweet kid freely wiping his painted fingers onto shirt and pants… oops.

Kindergartners painting sticks

Step 3: Be proud of Garden Art!

Kindergartners with their sticks
“Look Mom, I put on an apron,” after he was done…

The ladies love my little guy. One particular friend likes him so much she painted a spot of his hair blue! Thankfully he liked it–I suppose it matched his paint-spotted shirt perfectly by the end of this lesson. Kindergarten rocks… no sticks!