There are some things that just scream TEXAS. One of those is the sight of bluebonnets covering the fields come March through early April. Every Texan who came up through elementary school here can tell you “The Legend of the Bluebonnet,” and Tomie dePaola wrote an amazing picture book for it, that inspired this Legend of the Bluebonnet craft. I remember being a teacher’s aid showing five-year-olds how to do this when I was in high school, so this and making cowboy writing prompts are the quintessential Texas projects.
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Legend of the Bluebonnet
In The Legend of the Bluebonnet* there’s a great drought and a village asks what they can do to save their village. No one is willing to, until one young girl gives away her greatest possession.
Legend of the Bluebonnet activity
After reading the story we talked about sacrifice and what we would sacrifice if we had to sacrifice our most precious thing.
Then we went through and drew and wrote what was sacrificed (if you want the printable print p. 4 of the printable and cut apart between the 2 columns). Click on the picture below to go to the download.
They all drew what she gave away, and I loved what they would give up. Princess and Superman (I think) were going to give up their Bible as their most precious thing. Batman was going to give up his punching ball which he had just gotten.
Isn’t that the most adorable thing ever?
Legend of the Bluebonnet Craft
Let’s draw/paint this thing.
- Draw a green line down the middle of your page at a slight diagonal.
- Dip your finger in the blue paint and make fingerprints in small clusters around the top of your green line
- Dip the end of your finger in white paint. Make small occasional dots of white paint on your flowers
- Sit back and smile at your results.
There’s the simple how to of doing it. Of course the how to does not guarantee the same results……..
Superman, who is much more my perfectionist created a near perfect copy of my bluebonnet example.
Princess, who has her own artistic vision, created an impressionistic bluebonnet.
Batman, who was feeling silly that day, created a unique bluebonnet.
And that’s okay, they all created the project they were proud of, and I was proud of them for their work.
I’m a firm believer that art and crafts is about the process not the product. I tell them over and over and over again it’s not about how perfect it is, it’s about if you did your best. If you did your best working on it, then I’m happy and I won’t make you do it again, but if you were being sloppy, I will make you redo it.
More wildflower inspiration for little kids
I’m working with several other bloggers to bring you more wildflower ideas.
Geography: Flowers Around the World Printable Worksheet from Schooling a Monkey
Reading List: Children’s Picture Books about Flowers from The Jenny Evolution
Story Book Extension: The Legend of the Bluebonnet from Adventures in Mommydom
Nature: Nature Study with Wildflowers from The Usual Mayhem
Field Trip: Spring Flower Hunt with Preschoolers from Bambini Travel