Colored tissue-paper squares
Green pipe cleaners
Green florist tape (optional)
Colored markers (optional)
Pinking shears or other decorative scissors (optional)
Stack two or three squares of tissue paper on top of each other on a flat work surface. You can cut the tissue into different sizes or use squares of the same size.
Fold the tissue back and forth (accordion style) like a paper fan.
Wrap the end of a pipe cleaner around the center of the folded tissue to hold it tightly and to make a stem for the flower. Older kids can wrap green florist tape around the pipe-cleaner stem.
Gently pull open the tissue paper to make the flower bloom.
Experiment by stacking two colors of tissue paper together and decorating the tissue paper with colored markers before folding. After the paper had been folded, cut the ends with pinking shears or decorative scissors.
From Hafsa Aamir, age 10, Pakistan