Elementary school age programs

Flower Power

Books To Share

  • Bluebonnet Girl by Michael Lind.
  • Elizabite: Adventures of a Carnivorous Plant by H.A. Rey.
  • The Gardener by Sarah Stewart.
  • Nadia's Hands by Karen English.
  • Redoute: The Man Who Painted Flowers by Carolyn Croll.

Books To Show and Booktalk

  • Flower Power by Carolyn Keene.
  • Flower Watching With Alice Eastwood by Michael Elsohn Ross.
  • How Can a Frozen Detective Stay Hot on the Trail? by Linda Bailey.
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
  • Wildflowers Around the Year by Hope Ryden.

Bulletin Board

Flower Garden

Use white construction paper or tag board to create a picket fence using the pattern. Cut out as many fence pieces as you need to fit the space. Cut enough flowers, stems, and leaves to fill the garden. Write the names of recommended books on the flower heads, or as an incentive, write the first name of children who participate in the Texas Reading Club.


Display books about flowers and gardening along with gardening tools and artificial flowers in flowerpots.


Purchase colorful flower erasers from Smilemakers or a similar company to give to children as a souvenir for participating in the programs.


Moses Supposes

(Traditional; Recite in a sing-song voice and with “attitude.”)

Moses supposes his toeses are roses,

But Moses supposes erroneously;

For nobody's toeses are posies of roses

As Moses supposes his toeses to be.

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

Recite “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary.”


  • "Red Flowers for You" in Falling Up by Shel Silverstein.
  • The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller.


“Inch by Inch: the Garden Song” by David Mallet, lyrics available at www.arlo.net/lyrics/garden-song.shtml. Also recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary on Peter, Paul and Mommy, Too.


Tissue Paper Flowers

  • Tissue paper
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Green construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Yogurt cup for vase (optional)
  • Construction paper for vase (optional)
Making the stem Photo
1. Place the pipe cleaner on a rectangle of tissue paper (any color). Step 1: pipe cleaner on rectangular tissue
2. Fold the tissue paper in half, over the end of the pipe cleaner. Step 2: paper folded in half
3. Fold one side of the tissue paper over the end of the pipe cleaner. step 3: one side folded over the pipe cleaner

4. Roll the pipe cleaner so that the tissue paper is tight around the end.

Step 4: paper rolled around pipe cleaner
5. Roll the end of the pipe cleaner over itself two times. step 5: end of pipe cleaner rolled up
Making the leaves Photo
1. Cut out 3 squares of tissue paper (any color), about 3 x 3 inches. Step 1: 3 squares of paper
2. Fold each square in half. step 2: square folded in half
3. Fold each square in half again. Step 3: square folded in half again
4. Draw the following design (or experiment and create your own!). Note: Make sure your lines are drawn along the double folded edges. Step 4: lines drawn in the shape of half-petals along doubled edges
5. Cut along the lines and unfold. Step 5: Unfolded flower shape
Making the sepal Photo
1. Cut out a square of green construction paper, about .75" x .75" Step 1: square of green paper
2. Draw the following design. step 2: curved design drawn in from the corners and along each edge
3. Cut it out. Step 3: cutout shaped like a four-pointed star
Making the flower Photo
1. Take the end of the stem and pierce the middle of a leaf. Step 1: stem pierced through middle of leaf
2. Pull the leaf up to the tip. Step 2: leaf at end of pipe cleaner
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the other leaves. step3: added leaves on the pipe cleaner
4. Pierce the sepal and pull it up to hold the leaves in place. Step 4: sepal at the base of leaves
Making the vase (optional)

Take an empty yogurt cup and wrap construction paper around it.

Construction paper vase with paper flowers

Bluebonnet Pin

  • White, light blue, and dark blue tri-beads
  • Green chenille pipe cleaners
  • Pin backs
  • Craft glue

Tri-beads are available from craft suppliers and have three sides that “nest” when placed next to each other for a smooth finish. Begin threading the beads onto the pipe cleaner stem, starting with dark blue beads, then light blue, then white. Leave a small length of pipe cleaner uncovered at the top to serve as the tip of the flower. Wrap the stem of the artificial leaf, available in craft and floral supply stores around the pipe cleaner. Wrap with floral tape to secure in place glue a pin back onto the stem.

bluebonnet pin craft

Games and Activities

Say it with Flowers

In Victorian times, flowers had special meaning and a gift of specific flowers or plants sent an expression of feelings to the recipient. Print out the meanings of flowers at The Floral Garden www.pioneerthinking.com/flowerlanguage.html. Ask each child to select flowers to express their feelings for someone special. For example, a grandmother might receive a daffodil for respect, a magnolia to comfort the heart, and a white zinnia for goodness. Provide children with crayons, colored pencils, or markers and construction paper, craft paper, or drawing paper. Let each draw a bouquet for their special person and write a message explaining why the flowers were selected. Have flower guides available to look up some of the less well-known flowers.

Guest Speaker

Invite a member of the local garden club to talk about planting and tending flowers. If possible, have the person actually demonstrate planting some seedlings in pots that can be left in the library to be tended and watched.

Audio Recordings

  • “Family Garden” on Family Garden by John McCutcheon.
  • “Larry’s a Sunflower Now” on My Best Friend is a Salamander by Peter Himmelman.
  • “A Thousand Daisies” on Waltzing with Fireflies by Elizabeth McMahon.


  • Legend of the Indian Paintbrush. (30 minutes)
  • Linnea in Monet’s Garden. (30 minutes)
  • The Lotus Seed. (30 minutes)
  • Moses Supposes His Toeses Are Roses. (10 min.)

Web Sites

Celebrating Wildflowers

Galleria Carnivora


Texas Reading Club 2004 Programming Manual / Color Your World...Read!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011