Today with my intellectually disabled group I did a spring craft that I saw on Pinterest. The blog where it originated was in Italian and the post itself was no longer available, so I kind of made it up as I went along. Thankfully the picture on the pin was very clear!
Here’s how I made it work:
We used white cupcake liners, highlighters, and some green Popsicle sticks that I happened to have on hand. I also brought pipe cleaners thinking those might work as stems if we threaded them through the liners after punching a hole, but, I decided to go with the Popsicle sticks instead.
The original image I’m working from used yellow cupcake liners of 2 different sizes. I only had large white ones on hand, so I went with that.
|Found here: http://laclassedellamaestravalentina.blogspot.com/search/label/fiori%20carta|
I had the kids color one cupcake liner yellow using a highlighter. Then, we kept one liner white for contrast. I like those two-tone daffodils anyway 😉
Here are our steps:
|one colored yellow, one kept white|
Holding the highlighter and coloring was a great OT aspect of the activity because the highlighters are very fat.
|I used tape to adhere the liners together|
|I also used tape to stick the Popsicle stick to the back|
Throughout the activity, I had students identifying colors (white, yellow, green), following directions, learning concepts (on top, in), and labeling a variety of nouns (flower, stick, cup [my modified word for “cupcake liner”]).
They came out very cute, and clearly the kids did them themselves (with assistance as needed). They’re certainly not as perfect as my inspiration, but I worked with what I had. I’d recommend yellow cupcake liners if you can find them.
Overall, it was a very quick activity. It would be great as a follow up to reading a book or some other lesson (on parts of a flower maybe?). You could also follow it with a sequencing activity to discuss the steps you used.