Play Dough with Popsicle Stick Flowers

easy popsicle stick flowers I made these flowers for a fun addition to our play dough area at preschool. My four-year-old saw them sitting out before we went to school and had to play. Still in her PJs ( but that’s normal around here right?) she tested this activity out before I took it into my class. The way she played interested me because she turned each color for flower into a family and matched them all up, giving some names and even creating stories about them. I love seeing how sensory play boosts language and literacy!

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Gather your materials. My friends at craftprojectideas.com sent me these mini popsicle sticks and foam flower stickers you can use theirs like I did or make your own with adhesive foam sheets. You will also need some play dough.

 

You need two matching stickers for each flower. Peel the backing off one.easy diy toys for play dough

Press the stick into it.flowers for play dough

Peel the backing off the matching sticker and sandwich the two together.

Told you it was easy.

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PLAY

matching up flowers

I love her little stories. flower playdough activityThe yellow family was off to the Nutcracker with an auntie  grandma, and a good buddy. By encouraging these stories, you are encouraging storytelling which is an important building block for strong literacy later on.

Play dough activity for spring

Books About Flowers

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books about flowers for kids

 

Spring Flower Fine Motor Tray Activity

fine motor tray activity This super simple spring activity packs some wonderful skill practice for both hand eye coordination and fine motor skills. As children find and fit the flowers into the holes they are using their hand eye coordination skills and as they pinch the stem and press them into the floral foam under the colander they are giving their fine motor skills a workout.

Gather your materials. You will need a colander, some bunches of artificial flowers, scissors, and floral foam in a half circle shape. spring activity for preschool

Start by flipping your colander over on top of the floral foam. fine motor activity for preschool

Snip the flowers and lay them out ready for play. flower activity for preschool

All ready!
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My daughter was so eager to play. She decided to put them in using a pattern pink then yellow. flower arrangements fine motor activity for preschool

As she popped them in she counted them first all the flowers, then after they were all in she counted the yellow, then pink. fine motor

This will be taken into my preschool class to help my 2.5 and 3 year old students develop their hand eye coordination as well as fine motors skills and it will make my classroom so cheery as well!fine motor flower arrangements preschool

Flower Lab – Explore With Nature Activity

flower science project

Kids love to tinker and take things apart but you don’t have to stick to mechanical things they can take apart natural things too. This is a great nature activity for a rainy summer day when you still want to explore but can’t do it outside. Our bouquet was starting to wilt so  I decided to grab it off the hearth and gather some tools to dissect it with.  My three year old was slow to get into it but once she did the exploration was a hit.

Gather your materials. You will need some flowers with leaves and stems, a cutting board, plain white paper, a rolling pin or brayer roller, tweezers, and scissors.

Start by setting up the lab. Make it inviting. There is no wrong way to do this but creating an inviting set up can peak your child’s interest much more than if you just say ” Want to take apart some flowers?”. I put the lab on our coffee table and just left it alone waiting for her to decide it was time to explore. science for preschool

The tweezers drew her attention right away. She pulled petals off and I was giddy looking at how she was using and strengthening her fine motor skills. flower fine motor exploration

Next she made some prints by squishing the petals between the paper and using the brayer on it. Opening the paper to reveal the color left by pressing the flower into the paper.flower lab experiment for kids

She took her time taking these flowers apart. The buds were especially interesting. flower lab science for kids

The finale was cutting. She loves scissors and cutting the different textures was interesting and we talked about why some parts for the flower was easier to cut than others. flower lab exploration for kids

 

Books About Flowers

Here are a few of my very favorite books about flowers. For a longer list check our Flower Book List here. All of our book lists contain affiliate links.

tiny seed

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle is a story about a tiny seed who unlike the other seeds from his flower makes it against all odds to continue the cycle of life. I really enjoy this book and love how it shows all the obstacles along the way for a simple little seed. My children both really like this book and I like how it connects kids to nature.

zinna's garden

Zinnia’s Flower Garden by Monica Wellington is really useful not just about teaching about flowers and gardens, but also about patience and the annual cycle of a garden. Zinnia plants and waits, waters, enjoys her flowers, then they die, she collects the seeds and plans her garden for next year. I love that the main story is perfect for my almost three year old but there is much more for older children with longer attention spans. There is a little journal with notes about what’s happening with her garden, and various facts about plants as well. Like in so many of her books the author celebrates hard work and her characters take great pride in what they do. A fantastic message for readers, big and little. I also love the mix of illustration and photographs in this book especially, it gives the illustrations depth and a really interesting look.

Spring Flower Suncatchers

easy flower craft for kids We made these flower suncatchers a few weeks ago in an attempt to beckon spring. It worked because now the trees are blooming! OK so these flower suncatchers probably don’t have the ability to force trees and flowers to bloom but they do instantly brighten up any window you pop them in. These fancy flowers are actually really easy to make.  If you want to add more steps for older children you can use white construction paper and have the kids color the flowers but for my little three year old this simple collage craft was a perfect fit! Don’t be fooled as simple as this craft is it is also develops fine motor skills which will make things like cutting and writing less frustrating for my little artist.  Crafts can get a bad reputation but if you look at them as one tool in a big tool box of hands on learning they are fantastic!

Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper, contact paper, and sequins. Ours came from our friends at craftprojectideas.com we love their materials!sequin flower craft for spring

Start by cutting out the flowers. I fold construction paper in half to make it easier to cut the middle out. Next cut the middle out of the flower so you have a frame.flower sun catcher craft for springPlace the flowers face down on the contact paper sticky side up. Trim.contact paper flower sun catchers

Let your little one explore the sequins. This step was by far the longest for us. She explored, found favorite colors, shapes and other treasure.contact paper flower craft with sequins

Add them on to the sticky contact paper. spring flower sun catcher craft for kidsShow your child how to press them on to make sure they stick. Dumping them on like this isn’t the best way but if they do follow my daughter’s lead just shake off the extra and play press the sequin while counting! You can sneak in a little math that way too. If you want to you can add another layer of contact paper over the sequins. We opted to leave it as is and have only had a sequin or two fall off. flower sun catcher sequin craft

Pop them in a window and beckon spring!!sparkle flower craft in window

Books About Flowers

Check out some of our favorite books about flowers for kids in our post here.

 

books about flowers for kids

 

 

Alphabet Activity – Flower Garden

by Allison McDonald alphabet activityWe have been doing so many playdough and other sensory activities lately that it was about time to get back to a simple and playful alphabet activity. This alphabet activity is part of our Alphabet For Starters series. This series is all about playing with letters, discovering them without pressure. This alphabet garden is super simple but can be made more challenging with a few simple changes.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some contact paper ( rumor has it that the dollar store is carrying it now! ), some green construction paper, multi-color construction paper, scissor and a marker or two.letter flower garden
  2. Attach the contact paper to the wall sticky side out. She loves to “get stuck” on the wall . letter flower mural
  3. Next step is making some grass. Fold your green paper, and cut.letter garden grass
  4. Next cut some stems and flowers. I did tulips because they are easy to free hand cut.letter garden alphabet activity for toddlers
  5. Add letters to your flowers. Now here is where you can easily customize this activity. For my daughter I did plain old lowercase letters. You can do upper or a mix or write letters on the stems and have it turn into a match game.letter flowers for alphabet activities
  6. Set the pieces out and let your kiddo explore.letter flowers
  7. My daughter loves flowers and she got right into it. alphabet letter activityWe talked about the letters, the colors of the flowers and how the stems are different lengths. Don’t pressure young kids to do every letter. My daughter put a handful on while we played the first time and then I left it all set up and a few days letter she returned and added a few more. I will leave it up for a few more days and I am sure she will keep adding a few every day.letter flower alphabet The whole point is to play and discover letters. As she adds the letters to the wall she naturally says ” Look this is A,  it’s your letter Mama!” and we talk about it .flower letters for toddlers

If you are looking for a more traditional letter of the week approach we have many letter of the week ideas here. My son loved cutting and pasting so we made fun letter crafts when he was learning his letters. Find what works best for your child, what they enjoy and don’t forget to have fun!