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Grand Isle


In this wordless story, an ordinary day at the beach transforms into an unforgettable adventure.

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Grand Isle Craft Activity!

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Create beautiful flowers like those found in Kate Samworth’s wordless picture book, Grand Isle! To follow along as Kate Samworth demonstrates how to create these paper flowers, visit our YouTube page at the following case-sensitive link: bit.ly/GrandIsleCraft


  • Multiple sheets of colored construction paper
  • Craft glue and glue stick (approximately 3 colors per flower)
  • 3-5 paperclips
  • 1-2 sheets of green construction paper
  • 1 Toilet paper roll
  • 1 small sheet of colored or patterned paper (for the vase)
  • 1 nickel
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie
  • Small paper box (light cardboard/snack box), flattened


  1. Cut out a small circle the size of a nickel to glue your petals to. You can trace a nickel if you want.
  2. Cut a long strip of paper, about 2 inches wide and 10 inches long, to cut your first set of petals from. Fold this strip accordion style so that you can cut multiple petals at once.
  3. Cut out your petals and glue them to the little circle.
  4. Cut another long strip of paper for your second set of petals. Make it a little narrower than your first, so that your 2nd set of  petals are a little smaller.
  5. Flip your flower over so that the small circle is not visible. Glue your second set of petals, attaching them only at the center of the flower.
  6. If you have green paper, cut a strip and fold it accordion style to make your leaves. You can cut the edges of your leaves to make them look more natural.
  7. Use a heavier paper, like a cereal or cracker box, to make your stems. Cut your box into long, thin strips about 1/4 inch wide.
  8. Glue your flower to the end of one of these stems. Once it’s dry, glue some of the leaves to the back of the flower.
  9. Next you will make a vase with a toilet paper tube. Cut a strip of paper about an inch wider than your tube and attach it with glue. Fold the edges of the paper over the edges of the tube.
  10. Glue the stems of your flowers to the inside of your vase. Attach them with paperclips while the glue dries. Attach some leaves to the stems with glue, using paper clips to hold them in place while the glue dries.
  11. Repeat to make more flowers! You can fold different colored strips of paper together to cut multiple petals at once.
  12. Once the glue is dry, you can put some creases in the petals to make them look more natural.
  13. To make the center of your flower look nicer, cut a small square- about 2 inches. Fold into quarters and cut it into a circle. Cut fringe around the edges of your circle to imitate stamen. Fold the fringes up from the center to imitate flower stamen and glue to the center of your circle.
  14. Display your vase of beautiful flowers anywhere you’d like!