How to make tissue paper daffodils

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Daffodils are one of the earliest flowers to bloom in the spring. There are many varieties and colours of daffodils -- from 40 to 200 kinds, according to the American Daffodil Association -- but the yellow daffodils are more well-known.

Just about any age group of children can create tissue paper daffodils for a special spring craft to decorate the classroom, or take home to mum. Have the circles already pre-cut for younger kids. For older children, use the project as a lesson in how to use a compass. With so many types of daffodils being cultivated, your students' special daffodil creations will fit right in.

Draw a circle with a 10 cm (4 inch) diameter onto a piece of thin cardboard using the compass and cut it out.

Cut eight 10 cm (4 inch) circles out of yellow tissue paper using the cardboard template and stack them together.

Fold the eight stacked circles in half and cut a small hole in the centre, just large enough to slide a green pipe cleaner through.

Bend the tip of the pipe cleaner so it doesn't slide back through.

Pull the top four yellow tissue paper circles up over the bent tip of the pipe cleaner and crinkle them around your finger.

Cut four wedges of equal distance around the remaining circle layers to form the daffodil's outer petals.

Pull and bend the petals gently until they look like daffodil petals. Be careful not to tear the paper.

Cut two leaf shapes out of green construction paper and use the florist tape to wrap the pipe cleaner, securing both the leaves and the bottoms of the petals as you wrap. It is easiest to start at the base of the petals and wrap down the stem, taping the leaves as you go.