Tracing Paper Tulips
Age: 4 and up
Parental supervision is recommended
There are over 3,000 different varieties of tulips. Originally a Central Asian wildflower, today most tulips are grown and exported from Holland. Young children will have fun experimenting with painting these pretty paper tulips.
What you'll need:
- Tracing paper or rice paper
- Watercolor paints
- Pipe cleaner for the stem
How to make it:
- Take several pieces of tracing or rice paper and let your child paint the paper with watercolors—the more water, the better. (Try wetting the paper first and then brush on a little paint and watch the colors swirl together.)
- Let the paper dry for about 10 minutes, and then wipe off excess water.
- Let the paper dry for an additional 10 minutes.
- Next, help your child to fold each sheet width-wise three times.
- Now let your child roll the folded paper tightly up into a small cylinder.
- Wrap a pipe cleaner around the bottom, securing the folds.
- An adult will need to do this part of the craft: Cut about one-quarter to one-half inch off the top and then cut down about one inch in three or four different places on the flower.
- Help your child fluff the petals, folding some over to look more realistic.