Models: Making Blooming Tulips in the Classroom
made by students at Irwin Math/Science Magnet Elementary School
in Fort Wayne, IN
neat creative projects from students at Irwin Math/Science Magnet Elementary
School in Fort Wayne, IN. Create a model of the entire tulip plant. Create
a model of the entire tulip plant. Materials should be easily available.
Use a small balloon for the bulb, shredded packing material - the roots
(taped to the bulb), straws - for stem, green paper - leaves, yellow pipe
cleaners - anthers and stigmas, and finally, red paper folded into an
Origami paper cup for the flower.
Irwin students wanted to share this fun project with all the rest of the
Journey North Tulip Study participants. Thank You!
the Tulip Models
round balloon – burgundy (the brown ones look black)
X 8” piece of green paper (25-30 lb.)
square of red paper (25-30 lb.)
piece of yellow pipe cleaner
paper (for gift packaging)
- Cut two
oblong, pointed leaves from the green paper. (You could draw them ahead
and copy the outlines onto the green paper. 4 leaves should fit on letter
the base of the leaves around one end of the straw. Fasten with clear
tape. Insert that end into the open end of the balloon and staple through
a small amount of the crinkle paper to the bottom of the balloon.
the red paper into an origami paper cup.
Fold diagonally corner to corner keeping the fold at the bottom, point
Step 2: Bring the outer
corners up and touch them to the opposite side. Fold them on top of
each other overlapping and matching the top edges. The result will be
narrow at the bottom and slightly wider at the top.
Step 3: Fold the remaining
triangle of paper at the top forward and the other side toward the back.
a small cut into the bottom of the paper cup and slip it over the top
end of the straw, opening the cup and pressing it together at the base.
- Fold the
pipe cleaner in half and insert it into the top of the straw in the
middle of the paper cup.
all three layers together – the paper cup, the straw, and the
the shape of the flower as needed.
and shared by Kim Grant & Christine Michael, Irwin Math/Science Magnet
Elementary, Fort Wayne, IN.