Paper Plants

Paper Plants lesson plan

  • 1.

    Give children context for this activity. Read books about plants. Plant seeds or cuttings and record their growth on charts. Observe changes in plants outdoors. Notice differences in stems, bark, leaves, flowers, and other plant parts. Find out what plant

  • 2.

    As children create their crayon rubbing collages, talk about shape, color, texture, balance, and proportion. Offer various kinds of paper, such as tissue, corrugated, towels, cardboard.

  • 3.

    Children ages 3 and younger may be most interested exploring glue texture and tearing paper (scissors are only for children 4 and older). They are learning how these materials work. Projects with small parts are not suitable for children who put nonfood o

  • 4.

    Choose a plant that appeals to you, such as a prickly cactus, a velvety rose, fragrant herb, or a fruit tree in bloom. Think about how you can make this plant using different kinds of paper and crayon rubbings to show texture.

  • 5.

    Remove paper wrappers from Crayola® Construction Paper™ Crayons. Place white paper over part of a plant such as tree bark or a dried leaf. Rub the crayon back and forth to reveal the texture. Draw other plant parts.

  • 6.

    If you are 4 or older, cut out your crayon rubbings and plant pieces with Crayola® Scissors. Younger children tear the pieces.

  • 7.

    Arrange your Paper Plant pieces on construction paper in a pleasing way. Glue them on with Crayola® Glue Sticks.

  • 8.

    Write your name, the date, and the name of the plant.


  • Letters, Numbers & Words
  • Stories
  • Vocabulary
  • Physical: Eye - Hand Coordination
  • Physical: Senses
  • Physical: Small Muscles
  • Social & Emotional: Flexibility
  • Thinking: Creating
  • Thinking: Observing
  • Thinking: Understanding Concepts