Monet Water Lily Pond with a Froggy Thrown In!

When I visited the Museum of Modern Art in New York last summer, I viewed a Monet pond painting that was so large, I felt like I was actually standing in his garden! With inspiration from Monet’s beautiful garden paintings and the picture book The Magical Garden of Claude Monet by Laurence Anholt, we will learn about Monet’s garden paintings. How do they make us feel? How can we try to paint like that? Our goals, for this lesson are to experience and learn about:

  • line, shape, and form
  • painting technique
  • fine motor skills
  • colour mixing
  • texture & pattern
  • collage-warm & cool colours

Supplies needed:

  • liquid tempura paint, dark & light cool colours for the water and lily pads: greens/blues/ & warm bright colours for the lily flowers: pinks/reds/oranges/purples
  • card egg cartons, the cups cut out and snipped 4 times around sides to open and make lily flowers
  • stapler & masking tape
  • large sheet of white construction paper
  • card paper, cut into circles for lily pads
  • scissors
  • white glue 
  • thick kid brushes &/or foam texture rollers
  • glitter
  • colourful tissue paper


  • toilet paper tubes
  • googlie eyes
  • hot glue gun

Getting Ready 

After looking through (too long to read to littles) The Magical Garden of Claude Monet by Laurence Anholt, we will have chat about Monet’s garden paintings and his beautiful water pond. I will then do a demo on, first, painting the the water pond, and then creating the water lilies to be collaged onto our pond background. The froggies were a fun after thought and are optional.


  •  We will first begin with a piece of white, purple, blue, or green (any cool colours) construction paper and we will ‘double dip’ our flat brushes into liquid tempura paints from a palette of cool colours. We will then try and paint small brush strokes with our brushes to try to create the water-like texture of the pond’s surface. Of course, at this age, we will likely want to paint any way we want but that’s okay as long as we lay down a lot of colour and a good variety of it. I also used textured sponge rollers with this class with great effect!
  • When we have finished painting our pond’s surface, we will put the paintings aside and start on our lily pads and waterlilies.
  • For the pads, we then paint some pre-cut card lilies with ‘v’s cut-out towards the centre of the circle (older children can cut out their own, if they’d like)Then we paint it with some varied shades of green paint.
  • Working with pink/orange purple/red/white liquid tempura colours, we will turn pre-cut cups from paper egg cartons into beautiful waterlilies with warm flower colours . Next, we will add glitter glue to add sparkle.
  • Now our froggies! These cute little frogs can also be a separate project on their own.  Older kids can make their own frogs if desired but we can pre-make them for the younger guys.  We’ll first take a toilet paper and trim it down to about half lengthwise with scissors and staple the end. Cover the staple end with masking tape. Next with the leftover card from the lily pads we can pre-cut simple frog leg shapes (nothing fancy needed!). They can be hot glue-gunned on now or can be added with white glue after laying our froggy down on the pond. Next, we we paint our frog and glue on our googlie eyes.
  • We will then glue our lilies to our pads and carefully place on our pond painting. 
  • Let’s glue our froggy down in his pond now.
  • Now with a small crinkled up ball of colourful tissue paper and a generous dollop of white glue we will then glue the stamen into the middle of our lily. Additional glue may need to be applied next class  (when they are fully dry) to ensure everything sticks.
  • Lesson time 45-60 min.

Monet Water Lily & Frog-Inspired links: