Simple tissue paper flowers

My class has been exploring the wonderful signs of spring and one sign that is starting to pop up all around us are beautiful flowers….

One simple activity I shared with the children was how to make a tissue paper flower…

The children found pipe cleaners and squares of tissue paper set out on the table so they could create their own flowers…

Although this is a simple activity to prepare, it is actually quite challenging for the children as they work to poke a hole through their tissue paper squares with the pipe cleaners…

My PreK students had no problem at all poking the holes but my threes (now mostly four) found this process more difficult. I thought some of the younger children were just going to give up when all of the sudden they figured it out! Once they got their grip just right and poked those holes, they were on a roll…

Some of the children worked for a long time adding tissue paper to the pipe cleaners. This process was a great exercise in fine motor strength and control…


Some of the children added lots and lots of tissue paper – almost covering the entire stem…

Others added a few tissue paper squares and decided they were finished…

After the children were satisfied with the number of tissue paper squares on their stems, they would proudly hold up their flowers and announce, “Look at my flower!” And they were all quite beautiful indeed!

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Check out this wonderful alternative way to make a similar flower! See Spring Flower Craft from mama smiles

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By |2012-03-28T18:00:17+00:00March 28th, 2012|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. maryanne @ mama smiles March 28, 2012 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    I think my 2.5-year-old, Lily, would ADORE this! Thanks for linking over to our version, too!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 28, 2012 at 7:06 pm - Reply

      I got a kick out of seeing you had done something so similar to what we had tried in our class! I love seeing various approaches to similar ideas!

  2. [email protected] March 28, 2012 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    Very cute craft idea! I wonder if my two year old would be able to push the tissue paper onto the pipe cleaner. We will have to give it a go to find out!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 28, 2012 at 10:15 pm - Reply

      It is kind of hard for little ones that age because the pipe cleaner tends to bend but if you give it a start, the child can push it the rest of the way down the stem:)

  3. Esther March 28, 2012 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    My daughter would love to make with pink tissue squares!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 29, 2012 at 7:34 pm - Reply

      Haha – then pink it is!

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