I {Heart} Miss Rumphius

One of my most favorite picture books is Miss Rumphius and I wanted to share a little activity we did a few weeks back that is now hanging in our hallways and makes me happy :)

First, the book Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney is simply wonderful- it has such a positive message about giving back and doing things that leave the world a more beautiful place. It goes very well with our Bucket Filling focus, which is always a plus.

I have the book in our class, but in case you don't, there is a wonderful YouTube video that tells the whole story with even a few animations of the illustrations. I showed the video this year and my kids loved it:

After we finished the video, we had a discussion all about how Miss Rumphius was committed to making the world more beautiful and ways we could do the same. I created this simple worksheet for us to complete:

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Why are there two random lines on either side? Glad you asked- we make fingerprint lupines on them!

I used washable stamp ink in blue, red, and green and kids used their fingers to make the beautiful lupines that Miss Rumphius had planted. I pulled up pictures on Google Images so kids could see what they looked like and they also used the illustrations from the book as inspiration.

The finished product looks so lovely:

I hope you can use this idea in your class and definitely be sure to check out this book to share with your kiddos! If you are interested in picking up the worksheet, I have it for FREE on Google Docs HERE.

Happy Friday!


  1. What a fabulous idea Stephanie! I love to use literature to show students how everyone is just one little part of the world and if we all do our part we are making positive contributions. Well done!
    Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

  2. THank you so much for sharing! I love the idea!

  3. This is a great activity. I am going to borrow it to use with my students. Thanks so much!