Crafts are a great way to keep kids occupied on boring rainy days, and crafts that teach your kids are even better. Creating a model of a flower can be a great way to teach kids about the reproduction of flowering plants and the different structures that make up a flower. You can help your kids create an easy flower model and its different parts using inexpensive materials that you may already have around the house.
Cut a plastic cup to a third of its height and make a hole in the bottom just big enough to fit a pipe cleaner through.
Insert a pipe cleaner up through the hole with the cup right-side up and only an inch or two of pipe cleaner below the cup's bottom.
Bend a small loop in the top of the pipe cleaner. This will represent the flower's pistil.
Place two or three jelly beans around the pipe cleaner in the first cup to complete the nectary.
Cut nine ovals, 1/2 inch long each, from a sheet of yellow construction paper.
Glue the ovals to the ends of the remaining pipe cleaners to form the stamen and anthers.
Tape the stamen and anthers around the outside of the upright second cup so they stand 2 or 3 inches above its rim.
Place sunflower seeds in the bottom of the second cup; these will represent the flower's ovary.
Cut flower petals from construction paper in the colors of your choice and tape them around the rim of the second cup over the stamen and anthers.
Cut strips of green construction paper with pointed tips long enough to reach from the bottom of the third cup to an inch or two above its rim. These will represent the sepals.
Staple or glue the sepals around the outside of the third cup.
Stack the first cup, representing the nectary, inside the second cup which has the petals, stamens and anther.
Place the stacked first and second cups inside the third cup; the three cups will stack tightly together to form your flower.
Things You Will Need
- 3 plastic cups
- 10 pipe cleaners
- 2 to 3 jelly beans
- Sunflower seeds
- Clear tape
- Construction paper, yellow, green and desired petal color
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