Creating Spiritual Connections
for Young People
& the young at heart
Wonders Of God
SUPPLIES: Live Queen Anne’s Lace heads with stems.
red, yellow, blue, and green coloring
4 glass glasses
PREPARATION: Prepare colored Queen Anne’s Lace (QAL) heads.
Need 4 tall glasses, 1 box of 4 food coloring vials, water
Squeeze one bottle of food color in one glass.
Put 1 cup of water in each glass.
Put in cut stems with QAL heads.
Let sit over night to allow the QAL to ‘drink’
27:4 One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek:
SING: The Wonders
of God are all around
SAY: Queen Anne’s Lace…white, lacy, full of seed.
Some call it flower, some call it weed.
QUESTIONS: Direct attention to black paper with a dried, pressed flower head,
a bird’s nest, and a dried flower with stem.
Where have you seen flowers like these?
What would you call it? a flower, or a weed
I’m one of those who call it a flower.
I planted the seeds that grew these.
EXAMINE: the dried flower head.
Look at it closely.
How many little flowers or florets are there? 2, 450
Turn it over. See the design on the back.
All florets together are called the flowerhead.
Hand out bird’s nest, the closed QAL
Show how to open and find the seeds inside.
There are usually two.
STORY: Because of its name you would probably think it has something to do with a queen. And you would be right. Queen Anne reigned in England from 1702 – 1714. She was the first married queen to rule England. The folk story goes that during her reign the lacy leaves of the plant were used to decorate the hats and hair of the women. The beautiful flower was to be worn only by Queen Anne herself.
God has created such beautiful flowers and weeds.
We say: Thank you, God.
ACTIVITIES: Language Arts
1. Chart: Words that tells about the flower Description of word
God’s Wonder, Queen Anne’s Lace
is like a cloud _____wispy__________
is like a firecracker _____explosive_______
is like a piece of lace _____delicate_________
is like a kaleidoscope _____awesome_______
is like a doily _____intricate________
is like a ____________ ____________________
2. Sun Print Picture
sun print (cyanotype) paper
glass plates for pressure on sun print
Cover the edges of the glass plate with masking tape for safety.
timer for sun print (set for 5 minutes)
small tubs with water (to put sun prints in after exposing)
On cardboard, large enough to hold cyanotype paper, put cyanotype
and then place flower head and leaves of QAL on cyanotype paper.
Take off glass cover carefully. Put cyanotype paper in water to
3. Queen Anne’s Lace Picture
pressed flower heads (one or more per person)
light blue paper (on which to glue flower heads)
tacky glue (to glue flower heads)
markers or colored pencils (to draw stems for pictures)
Put name and date on back of paper.
On blue paper arrange flower head (s).
May turn paper any way to use.
Observe where the stem (s) would be.
Draw stem (s) and leaves.
Be careful of crushing the flower head.
Glue back of flower head in the middle with a dab of glue.
Put in proper place.
4. Queen Anne’s Lace as a mandala
One pressed QAL head (to look at)
one page of watercolor paper with a circle draw on.
colored watercolor pencils
thin pencil type paint brush
small container of water
Put name and date on back of the paper.
Study the Queen Anne’s Lace head.
Start looking at the middle and look toward the outside.
Move the QAL head away so as not to copy.
Start in the middle of the paper and draw your impression of a QAL.
You are not trying to make it look like a QAL.
Ask yourself: How does it make you feel?
You might describe some of the words from the word play we did.
wispy, explosive, awesome, intricate, delicate, etc.
How would you show that on your paper?
Draw with watercolor pencils.
When finished drawing use the thin paint brush.
Touch the paint brush to the water and delicately touch the drawing
bringing out the color.
5. Take home a bouquet of dried Queen Anne's Lace
You were instructed to bring a small vase or pint jar
I have dried some Queen Anne’s Lace ahead of time.
These have been ‘colored’ by sitting them in the glasses of colored dye.
They would ‘drink’ the colored water and color the flowerets.
I then put them in a chicken wire screen over a box and let them dry.
They make lovely dried bouquets.
I hope you enjoy these at home.
When we start the art projects we remember to go inward, to talk to God and to listen to God. This is a time of meditation. Be with God.
Hartman, Mary Jane. Queen Anne’s Lace and Other Weeds. Franklin, TN: Providence House Publishers, 1997
Wexler, Jerome. Queen Anne’s Lace. Morton Grove, Ill.: Albert Whitman and Company, 1994.
A THOUGHT TO THINK UPON:
Wonder begins in the senses, comes alive in imagination and flourishes in the adoration of the Divine.
The sense of wonder, that is our 6th sense and it is a natural religious sense.