During the week of our summer camp dedicated to Vincent Van Gogh in which we used the Language through Art method, we talked about how Van Gogh was able to find beauty in his life while be being tormented by his own unhappiness. The kids loved his many flower paintings which inspired this project. I wanted to have the kids “build” a flower and decided to use an adapted quilling project. Quilling paper is a little bit too thin for little hands so I cut out strips of corrugated card stock and we quilled our Van Gogh inspired purple flowers!
Age: 5 to 10 years
Word Develpment: petal, center, flower, roll, glue, relax, pinch, tight, loose, leaf, fold, box, end
You will need (per flower):
7 1/2X20 inches strips of corrugated card stock
1 1/2X5 inches strip of corrugated card stock
origami box (we followed one of the many box tutorials present on the internet)
REPEAT STEPS 2 to 4 with the remaing 6 strips (1/2×20 inches long).
A couple of hints: use hot glue because you do not want to have to hold the pieces while they are drying. The kids will need to work with you one at time in order to guarantee that they have understood how to roll and relax the circles. This is a a great project for working on hand eye coordination!
We glued our flowers on origami boxes but I think that they would make a great decoration on a present or a card.
Have fun and take care