Reading Craft: Ferdinand – Good for Mother’s Day too!

After Russia we moved on to Spain with Munro Leaf’s “Ferdinand”. My students especially loved this book because they’re primarily Hispanic and the Spanish words were a pretty big deal. The craft took a bit longer than most, but it tied in nicely because they could not believe that Ferdinand was such a kind bull!



  • Tissue Paper
  • Staples
  • Tape or Glue Stick
  • Construction Paper
  • Coloring Tools


  1. Fold the tissue paper over several times so it is one thin rectangle. I had my students making 4 flowers each, so they only really needed half a sheet. After folded properly, there were 6-8 layers of tissue paper on top of each other.
  2. With pencil, draw a flower shape on the tissue paper. KEEP IT FOLDED – my students had trouble with that direction. It doesn’t need to be detailed – the bigger and vaguer, the better.
  3. Cut out the flower shape keeping those layers of tissue paper together!
  4. Holding the layers together, they then came by me, where I had strips of green construction paper for stems in a pile. I stapled the layers of flower to the stem in the center of the blossom.
  5. To create a nice 3D effect, pull up the top layer of the flower. Pinch it together around the staple, then smush it flat if desired. Pinch, smush, and play with each seperate layer until you’re happy with how it looks.
  6. Glue/Tape the stem to the back of a construction paper vase/pot which they can decorate.



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