Spring Language Craft – Daffodils

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.

my materials

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


all finished!

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.


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