Rushing these spring-time flowers to 'press' before summer arrives officially on the calendar. After yesterday's poppies-in-real-life I thought it would be fun to have a mini-round-up of blooming beauties.
Who can resist a community collaboration of painted handprints around a sunflower-esque center? This mural above and the Tootsie Tulips (painted footprints) below were both on display on the hallway bulletin boards during my Michigan Author-Illustrator school visit last month.
Cue: Tiny Tim -- "Tip Toe thru the Tulips." CUTIE CUTE!!
Tissue paper and coffee filters each lend a three dimensional aspect to floral creation.
These 'daisies' below includ a green grass foundation. The grass provides an exercise in cutting and the use of scissors for the young children with special needs at Windfall School in Medina County, OH.
This S.P.R.I.N.G. acrostic writing was also done by a first grade class in Hilliard, only it was happily displayed across town at Darby Creek Elementary. You know how I LUV seeing student handwriting within a collaborative project! Here's a prime example!!!
One final inspiration!!! All of those garden and seed catalogs that are filled to the brim with color and glory can certainly be 'up-cycled' after their useful lifespan and serve as the material for a group collage. This work was proudly on display at one of my preschool romps and provides the perfect opportunity to explore with scissors -- working together to bring some color into the room.
While we're thinking about flowers and blooming and planting seeds......... remember this MASSIVE bulletin board (floor to ceiling size) that I saw earlier this spring.
|Three dimensional Bulletin Board Wall for Spring|
If school is out for the season, then by all means get outside and tend to your gardens!!! Soak up all of the color unfolding and catalog these ideas for your classroom next year!
-- Debbie --