Although Spring seems like it’s never going to come, I’ve been making these adorable daffodils with my preschoolers. This craft uses somewhat unconventional craft materials, so it makes for some great teachable moments and new vocabulary for your students. It’s also FULL of basic concepts! (This is also an upgrade from a post I wrote a couple years ago.)
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I used the following supplies: large white cupcake liners, small yellow cupcake liners, green craft sticks, glue, and construction paper (blue and green).
The first direction I gave students was to glue the green paper to the bottom of the blue paper.
Then, I drew lines of glue up from the “grass”, about the length of a craft stick. I drew either 3 lines or 5, depending on the level of the student. Students then followed directions to put a stick on the first/middle/last glue; between, etc. Some students followed one-step directions while others did two-steps.
For some students, I added small shapes above the sticks. This is where I had them place the glue. This targeted following directions like, “Put glue on the star.” (I found that highlighters worked better for drawing the shapes, rather than a marker.)
After there were small blobs of glue above the sticks, I gave instruction for putting on the big, white cups. For some students, I used highlighters to draw small shapes inside the white cups. Again, another opportunity for basic concepts, as well as adjective-noun phrases (e.g. yellow circle, pink square, etc.)
Students follow directions like, “Put the yellow circle above the first stick.” (Depending, of course, on the level of the student!) They then put glue inside on the white cups, on the shapes that I had made. This is where the little, yellow cups go.
You could buy both big and small yellow cupcake liners, but I chose different colors so I could work on more concepts. They also stand out a little better when they’re two different colors. Plus, there are daffodils that are both colors, so it’s still accurate 🙂
Our finished products came out so cute! I loved hanging them on my door for all to see!
Here are links to the supplies you will need:
I hope you enjoy making these with your students – and that warmer Spring weather shows up soon!