Grades 6-8 - Art
Share the brief history of the poinsettia above. Explain that the poinsettia is often seen during the holiday season and it is used as storefront and home decorations because of its vibrant colours and shapes. The leaves of the poinsettia are called bracts and they come in many colours: pure white, pink, red, purple, yellow, salmon and orange. Some of the bracts are marbled or spotted with a variety of these colours.
Work in groups to create “designer” poinsettias, by incorporating all of the different bracts into lovely wreaths. Provide coloured paper of various kinds, felt or other material scraps, scissors, glue, beads, seeds, buttons, pipe cleaners, paint, ribbon and anything else you may have in your craft supplies. Share the results with the class and consider delivering some of the wreaths to community residences or stores.