HOW MANY METRES? – Measurement, Texture, Contrast

Students glue metre long pieces of yarn to construction paper to make a picture of a flower, and then take turns estimating how many metres it took to make each image.

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HOW MANY METRES? – Measurement, Texture, Contrast


  • Crayola Washable No-Run Glue
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola Construction Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12") - 1 per student
  • Metre Stick of Tape Measure
  • Toothpicks
  • Yarn
  • Hole Punch - 1 per group of 6 students
  • Googly Eyes (optional)


Step 1
  1. Make 4 different plan drawings of flowers.
  2. Choose the one you like the best.
  3. Use it as a guide for your yarn drawing.
Step 2
  1. Measure and cut yarn into pieces that are 1 metre long.
Step 3
  1. Draw part of the flower with the glue.
  2. Use your plan drawing as a guide.
Step 4
  1. Place the yarn on top of the glue.
  2. Gently press it into place with a toothpick.
  3. Continue in this way until you finish making the whole flower.
  4. Remember to keep track of how many metres of yarn you use.
  5. Make sure you keep the number a secret.
Step 5
  1. Use a hole punch to make holes around the outer edge of your paper.
  2. Thread yarn through the holes to make a frame for your drawing.
  3. You may want to add some googly eyes.
Step 6
  1. Write the number of metres you used to make your drawing on the back of the paper.
  2. Cover the number with a sticky note to keep it a secret.
  • Subjects:

    • Language Arts,

    • Mathematics,

    • Science,

    • Visual Arts

  • Grades:

    • Grade 1,

    • Grade 2,

    • Grade 3

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