This post is about two Cherry Blossom books for children as well as a craft idea to to make cherry blossoms. My free instant download is here, and includes Pre-K cutting strips as well as the flower pattern for the craft.
The two books we read include a board book entitled The Tiny Traveler Japan: A Book of Nature. It was written and illustrated by Misti Kenison. Each two page spread has a short sentence on one side with a full page, full color illustration on the opposite side. The pictures are simple and large for the very young to best enjoy. The illustrations include a Zen garden, cherry blossoms, and Mt. Fuji. It is a perfect introduction to Japan. I had not previously heard of the tiny traveler series before I began looking for books for this post. Note: I selected and purchased my own books.
The second book we read was an “I Can Read” book entitled Pinkalicious Cherry Blossom, by Victoria Kann. Pink is our current favorite color around here and so that worked. This is a fun book with a magical trip to a cherry blossom festival in Japan. Leaves swirl as Pinkalicious flies a kits and twirls around. Suddenly she is in Japan! Everything everywhere is pink! What could be better. Pinkalicious experiences meets Sakura, a Japanese girl, and helps her hang festival lanterns. She sees a parade, hears drums, and eats Mochi. She doesn’t reveal her secret trip when she returns and sees her parents.
This all led to some painting and a craft that had a cherry blossom craft. First we found a branch that looked interesting, and found our pink and white cupcake liners. We found the paints. This is what we made.
This is how we made the flowers. We cut out the flower shapes, drew lines, painting the circle, and painted the dots before taping the flowers from their backs to the branch.
We also tried our hand at painting. I put artist tape around the edges of the water color paper before the painting. When the painting was dry, I removed the tape which created a frame for the finished painting. I did use masking so the flower petals could have some highlights when painted a second time.
Here is our finished painting with our branch when everything was complete!
Isn’t it fun to take photos of all the cherry blossoms and other flowering spring trees?
Here are images of the two pages of Pre-K sequencing cutting strips included in the printable.
Each row has 4 pictures to be sequenced. The answer key is the PDF as the images are in order.
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