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Recreate the beauty of precious jade in a flower blossom! Sculpt a lotus, the symbol of an open mind in many Asian cultures.
In many Asian cultures, the lotus flower is a symbol of enlightenment. Jade was often used to carve these flowers, as this gemstone is highly valued by Asian cultures. Invite students to research the shape of a lotus flower and the carving methods used with jade. During the investigation, encourage students to use Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils to sketch the lotus flower.
Here is one way to sculpt a realistic replica of a jade lotus blossom. Mix white and neon green Crayola Model Magic to create a light green jade color. Jade also can be white and salmon; invite students to use these colors if they prefer. Form several fairly large petals. Join them together in the middle to create the first layer.
Students make several more layers of petals, each one slightly smaller than the one before. Press each layer together at the center. Then press each smaller layer inside the larger layer.
Squeeze the flower slightly from the bottom so it appears to be opening. The tighter you squeeze, the tighter the blossom will be! Air-dry the jade lotus for at least 24 hours.
While waiting for their Model Magic flowers to dry, ask students to discuss the meaning of enlightenment and how it may relate to their lives. Why are lotus flowers considered a symbol of enlightenment?
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