We had a short preschool mini-unit at our house the other week. It was only one day, but we had just enough time to learn a little bit about flowers. I made a practical life tray where the kids threaded flower petals onto a string. This tray was prepared by taking apart a dollar store lei. (They have lots of leis in the stores right now for summer parties.) I tied one of the flower petals onto the end of the string to prevent the child from pulling it all the way through the string and off the other side.
I also made a counting circle from a paper plate, which the kids loved. I think I’ll be making many more of these. I divided the paper plate to where it looks like pizza slices and then drew various numbers of flowers on each slice. Next, I wrote the corresponding numbers on the clothes pins and the kids pin the correct number on the correlating slice. This helps the child with coordination, pincer grasp and counting.
We also read a lot of books about flowers. Ava’s Poppy, Planting a Rainbow and my personal favorite: One Little Seed. I also have a really cute and easy arts & crafts project that I’ll try to share with you tomorrow.
If you want to take your flower education even further, here are some other great ideas:
- Discovery Days and Montessori Moments has two wonderful Botany posts: Stem Week and Flowers.
- Montessori Print Shop has Parts of a Flower 3-Part Cards, a Flower Nomenclature Book, Pollination & Seed Dispersal Cards and FREE Seed & Plant Matching Cards.
- Living Montessori NOW has Montessori-Inspired Flower Activities and Free Flower Printables and Montessori-Inspired Flower Math Activities.
I hope you guys are having a great week. It’s been a little crazy over here, but I’m really working on simplifying my life and letting go of some of my high expectations. I’m vowing to take care of myself a little bit more. I think as moms, we get so caught up in caring for everyone else that we forget to care for ourselves. Or at least I do. I hope you’ll take a MOMent for yourself this week. You deserve it.