Friday, 9 March 2012

Spring has sprung!

There is a real smell of spring in the air here in France and it inspired me to provide a spring related craft for the weekly toddler art club that I hold each Wednesday. 
To make this tissue paper flower in a decorated pot you need:
  • A small plant pot to decorate
  • Acrylic pens
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Green paper
  • White tissue paper cut into 3" strips
  • A stapler
  • Cardboard
  • Green shredded tissue paper
I also always provide a selection of stickers and googly eyes with all of my craft activities because little children love them.
This is a really good project to do with a mixed age group of children because the youngest can concentrate on decorating the pots, feeding the stalks into the cardboard holes and adding 'grass', whilst the older ones make the flowers, cut the cardboard disks and pierce the holes with a wooden skewer.

The white tissue paper is just rolled or scrunched up to form a loose ball the the pipe cleaner is held up against it whilst a piece of green paper is wrapped around tightly and secured in place with a staple.  It looks fiddly but it really is easy for the slightly older children or keen adults.
 I just set everything up and the children always find something fun to do.
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