Purchasing Flower Power
Open a flower shop specializing in handmade bouquets. This place value and economics exploration is adapted from Crayola Dream-Makers®.
1. Almost everyone loves to shop. Knowing how decimal points and place values work is essential when you’re dealing with money. To practice these skills, create these budding flower stems and then try to buy a bouquet on a budget.
2. Create blossoms. Cover your art area with newspaper. Decorate flattened coffee filters with Crayola® Fabric Markers. Experiment with geometric patterns, symmetrical designs, and radial motifs. Beautify your blossoms with Crayola Glitter Glue. Air-dry the glue.
3. Make flower stems. Twist the center of each blossom into a point. Place the point against the top of a Crayola Colored Pencil barrel. Wrap with floral tape to hold your blossom in place.
4. Add price tags. Cut small paper rectangles with Crayola Scissors. Mark different prices on tags. Punch holes and tie price tags to stems with string.
5. Buy a bouquet. Choose a spending limit. Use or make play money to purchase a bouquet that’s within your budget. Check each other’s purchases to make sure you stayed within your spending limits.
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.
Glitter Glue— WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Not for use on skin.
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.
- For more details, order a copy of the complete Dream-Makers® guide "Dreams You Can Count On" on Crayola.com. More related children’s books, a curriculum planning web, and music explorations are also available for this lesson on Crayola.com/dreammakers.
- Open a class "store" to include other items and services found or created in your classroom.
- Visit a grocery store and compare the price of flowers with the cost of other items such as food or toys. Figure out a budget for several families with different amounts to spend.