Popping Up Bluebonnets!
K - 2 Activity - Teacher Directions
Using popcorn and powder paint, students make 3-d bluebonnets.
The bluebonnet is the state flower. Each bloom on the main stock resembles a small “bonnet” or hat worn by women in the nineteenth century.
- light blue construction paper or card stock
- crayons or markers
- popcorn, popcorn popper
- dry, blue tempura paint powder
- Use attached outline of bluebonnet to copy by Xerox machine or trace by hand onto construction paper or card stock.
- Pop 2 cups of popcorn kernels. While still warm from popping, shake into a big brown paper grocery market bag and add one-fourth cup of dry blue tempera paint powder into bag.
- Close top of brown paper bag tightly and shake. The dry tempera paint will stick to popcorn kernels and stain them various shades of blue.
- Have students color leaves and stem of the bluebonnet outline with a green crayon or marker.
- Fill in sections of the bloom area with glue then glue each blue popped kernel one at a time to fill in the entire area. The blue popped kernels resemble bluebonnet blooms.
- Hint: Pop some extra popcorn (with no dry tempera paint!) and allow students to eat a small amount of popcorn before or after make these popcorn bluebonnets.
Have students create a field of bluebonnets on a bulletin board or wall space with their hand-made bluebonnets.