In San Diego, we have a beautiful Japanese Friendship Garden. In the spring it is full of cherry blossoms. This lesson was created for my K-1 Combo classes but I have done it with other grades.
The students learned about the cherry blossom festival and the cherry trees in Washington D.C. and our own in Balboa Park. We looked at pictures of cherry blossoms and our local Japanese garden for inspiration.
Students painted a brown branch on blue paper. They dipped their fingers in pink and red paint to make small dots for the blossoms.