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Tots! Activity: Suffrage Roses

August 18, 2020, marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. Tennessee became the deciding vote in the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, on this date in 1920. Yellow roses became a symbol used to identify those in support of women’s suffrage.

As Cheekwood’s Tots program is temporarily suspended, we are sharing today’s activity for parents and tots to activate at home. Use our files to create your own suffrage roses, then share your work with us by tagging @cheekwood on Instagram and using #cheekwoodtots!

Here’s what you’ll need:• Yellow tissue paper

• Scissors

• Green pipe cleaner

Directions:1. Cut out large squares from the tissue paper. Also cut smaller squares from the tissue paper.

2. Put the smaller squares in the center of the larger squares. The more layers of tissue you have, the fluffier your final rose will be.

3. Accordion fold the squares.

4. Pinch in the center and wrap the pipe cleaner around to hold.

5. Fluff up the tissue paper layer by layer.

Try pairing the activity with one of these books:
Bold and Brave by Kirsten Gillibrand

Lillian’s Right to Vote by Jonah Winter

Around America to Win the Vote by Mara Rockliff

She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton

Little Dreamers Visionary: Women Around the World by Vashti Harrison

Ask your explorer: • Can you think of any other symbols?

Additional learning:Did you know that the Hermitage Hotel in downtown Nashville is now a National Historic Landmark due to its connection to the events of 1920? Learn more about the history here.

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