How gorgeous, our snowdrops are out at last! Under the oak tree in our new countryside house there’s been a swathe of green stems that we’ve been watching for a few weeks now. We guessed they were snowdrops but weren’t absolutely certain. We’re very new to gardening having only recently moved from the city where we just had a tiny square of paved yard!
We’ve been watching and waiting and last night the green stems seem to have burst into life with an abundance of pretty and delicate white flowers, heads bowed down, bobbing gently in the breeze. Just lovely.
We picked a few snowdrops to bring inside for a closer look and were amazed how the warmth of the house made them open up their petals in just a few minutes! The children enjoyed getting the magnifying glass and having a really close look at the structure inside. A great science opportunity to learn about all the different parts, their names and functions.
Being a crafty bunch this snowdrop exploration inevitably led to a snowdrop flower craft! Now we’ll be able to enjoy these delicate flowers all year round.
Supplies For Snowdrop Tissue Paper Flowers
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How to make Tissue Paper Flowers – Snowdrops
- First of all the children had a really good look at the snowdrop flower. We wanted to make our tissue paper flower as much like the real snowdrop as possible. They noticed that the flower had a vibrant yellow centre with two sets of petals; three small inner petals that were mainly green and three larger outer petals that were white.
- Bendy green straws are just perfect for making the flower stems as they naturally bend over just like the snowdrop does! The boys inserted their scissors into the end of the straw and snipped 3 lines to make the inner petals.
- Next they tore off a small piece of yellow tissue paper, twisted it and pushed it into the end of the straw to make the flower’s centre.
- We folded some white tissue paper over three times so we could make the three outer petals exactly the same by cutting them out at the same time. The children found it useful to pencil on the outline of the petal shape before cutting.
- Then they taped each petal onto the straw. This was quite fiddly as the straw stem is so small and was definitely easier as a two-man job, with one holding the straw and petal and the other applying the sticky tape.
We found it really easy to make tissue paper flowers using a drinking straw for the stem and I’m sure we’ll be experimenting with this method to make other varieties of tissue paper flowers in the future too.
Do you have a favourite flower you’d like to try to make? Some of our favourites are daisies and roses so we’ll definitely be trying to make some of those flowers in the Summer too.
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