Box Bouquet

Why

Tissue paper flowers burst out of a chalk-designed two-dimensional vase to create a flowering plant display fit for giving to a favorite person.


Steps

1. Study the flower section of a seed catalog. Annual plants must be planted each year, where perennial plants regenerate on their own. Talk with classmates and local gardeners about the advantages and disadvantages of each type of garden plant.


2. All plants have a distinct process of growth, beginning with a seed or bulb, then producing roots, stems, and/or leaves, and some sort of flower or seed-bearing structure (such as fruit, vegetable, nut). Compare these structures in a variety of plants, noting similarities and dissimilarities.


3. For a holiday, such as Floral Design Day on February 28, or to celebrate the arrival of spring, create original art to give to someone you love. Choose your favorite flower from the seed catalog, or design an imaginary flower.


4. Cover a table top with newspaper. On colored construction paper, use Crayola® Colored Art Chalk to design a colorful background.


5. On separate paper, draw a flower pot in chalk. Cut it out with Crayola Scissors. Attach the flower pot to the background with a Crayola Glue Stick.


6. For flowers, cut small and large squares or circles of colored tissue paper. Hold one or two pieces loosely in your hand. Use the forefinger of your other hand to gently push in the center of the tissue paper. Grasp that center, creating a paper carnation effect.


7. Glue flowers above the rim of the flower pot with Crayola School Glue. Add tissue-paper leaves and details to fit your flower.


8. Glue Spanish moss or raffia to the edge between the flowers and the flower pot for a natural effect.


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

String-Like Materials—Includes string, raffia, lacing, yarn, ribbon, and other similar material. Children 3 years and younger should not be given any string-like material that is longer than 12 inches. Close adult supervision is essential whenever children use string-like material. When crafts are to be worn around the necks of children 8 years and younger, attach the ends of the “string-like material” with clear adhesive tape, which allows easy release of the bond if the craft becomes entangled or caught on equipment. For children older than 8 years, the ends of the “string-like material” may be tied and knotted.

Adaptations

  • Cover an oatmeal box with construction paper decorated with chalk. Fill with flowers attached to chenille stems. Add Spanish moss and leaves cut from green tissue paper. Attach a note card to a chenille stem, and give this 3-D flower arrangement to a favorite person.
  • Create a display board showing various stages in a plant's growth. Begin with colored poster board. Cut and shape different parts of a plant from tissue paper. Glue the parts to the poster board, then label each part.
  • Use Crayola School Glue, thinned slightly with water, to attach single pieces of tissue paper to white paper. Paint the glue mixture over the flat tissue paper, then layer other colors of tissue paper on top. The layers create a kaleidoscopic effect.

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Glue Sticks
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Blunt-Tip Scissors
  • Colored Art Chalk
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • Hallmark tissue paper
  • raffia (optional)

Overview

grades

  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Special Needs

subjects

  • Science
  • Visual Arts

time

  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions

benefits

  • Students research the growth process of annual and perennial plants.

  • Students identify plant parts, their functions, and similarities and differences among different plants.

  • Students create an original artwork containing annual or perennial flowers.

Cirriculum

Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards