Friday, 25 March 2011

Spring Flowers

A bright and cheerful project to welcome back our long-lost friend Spring!
There are some fiddley bits in this project but I managed it with about 8 students between the ages of 8 and 10 last week, and nine 6-7 year olds today :)

A possibly introduction could be asking the children what season it is, and drilling 'spring'. In my case I then drew a flower in a pot on the board and we labeled it together (Petals, Stem, Leaf, Earth and Pot). We then played a couple of memory games, and the kids had to draw the flower on a piece of paper, colour and label it, and finally we made a paper frame for the picture and wrote 'A Spring Flower' on the bottom. It took more or less between 1/2 hour and 45 mins for the younger lot.

Each student will need a pair of scissors some pritt-stick type glue,a pencil and a bit of newspaper (to protect their sticking surfaces!). You'll also need some cello-tape.
NB: older groups will be able to make 3 flowers in the time given, the younger one only 2, thus some instructions say 2/3. These pictures show hoe to make 3 flowers
They will also each need:

1 pre-cut circle a little bigger than a euro coin
1 strip of yellow or orange card (about 11x3 cm)
4 little squares of different coloured paper (roughly 8x8 cm)

2/3 wooden skewers (pinchos) cut to 2/3 different sizes
2/3 strips of green paper (to wrap around skewers) (about 1,5 x 21 cm)
1 A5 green sheets of paper

One plastic cup (preferably coloured)
One small stone (for the base of the cup)
A small block of that fits snuggly into the cup

How to make the flowers.

Give out the pre-cut circles and the small strip of yellow or orange card and get the students to trace around the stencil 2/3 times. Cut out and put aside.

Next hand out 4 of the coloured squares of paper. The kids can chose whichever colours they want, but it's best to have a minimum of 2 different colours.
Get the kids to cut 4 strips about a centimeter wide of 2 of the colours. Put the rest of the paper to one side for now.

Take the first 4 strips and stick one end of each around the circle, making a cross.

Fold each strip in half and glue the ends to the circle.

Stick the other 4 strips in the spaces in between, stick, fold, and stick the ends in place again. Put the flower-head aside, and then repeat the whole process 1/2 more times to end up with 2/3 complete flower heads.

How to make the leaves and back of the flowers.

Give the children the A5 green paper, and get to fold it 4 times length ways. Show them how to draw a leaf shape (taking up the full length of the paper). Cut the leaf through all 4 layers. Put 2/3 of the leaves aside but on the last one, get them to trace around their circular stencils 2/3 more times. Cut out the circles and put them aside with the leaves.

How to make the stems.

(OLDER GROUPS): Give each child the green strip of paper for the stem and help them to fold it in half length ways. cut some cello-tape for each of them to stick the sides together, making a long tube. Repeat two more times.
(YOUNGER GROUPS): the younger ones will need you to do this bit for them.

Take one of the flower heads and glue the end of one of the stems to the back of the flower. Repeat for all 2/3. Take the three green circles that they made with the leaves and stick them over the stem for the back of the flower.

(OLDER GROUPS): Give them the biggest wooden skewer, and show them how to measure it against one of stems. Tell them they will have to cut the paper stem about 3cm up from the bottom of the skewer. Repeat for the other 2 stems and smaller skewers.
(YOUNGER GROUPS): the younger ones will need you to do this bit for them.

Stick the skewers carefully up the paper stem-tubes, blunt-side first. If the skewer is very loose, wrap the paper around the base tighter and fasten with more cello-tape. Repeat for all 2/3.

Attach the leaves to the base of the stem, pinch in place and attach with cello-tape. fold leaf over and down. Repeat for all flowers.

Put the stone in the bottom of the plastic cup, fit the polystyrene in as snuggly as possible, and stick the flowers in.

Finally push the petals in to make them 3D

If you have any early finishes, you could get them to make mini butterflies to stick on the flowers, but I tried to keep my lot in pace with each other by asking them to help the slower ones every time they finished a stage.