I saw this idea on Oodles of Art and immediately had to try it with my second graders! We began with a discussion on abstract art. We viewed real poinsettia flowers and talked about the shape of the petals. We then talked about how we could make these beautiful holiday flowers into an abstract work of art by ripping all of our petals and leaves. This project was also an excellent time to teach glue control! They turned out beautiful and received many complements!