The free membership printable this week is a flower pot alphabet match. This is a great activity for letter recognition and review as well as fine motor development. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out ... and then laminated them.
I separated the flower pot from the flowers and cut a slit in the top of each pot for the flower stems to slide through.
I used an exacto knife to make a cut that was slightly larger than the flower stem. I placed the flower stem close to the top of the pot to use as a guide as to how long the cut should be. I used cardboard under the flower pot to protect my work surface.
In this activity the children match pots and flower with the same letters. Children can slide the stems through the pots or simply place the pots on top of the flower stems. Play continues until all the flowers and pots have been matched. You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday May 22nd ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is also where the flower pot number match is located.
We are starting our flower theme this week and I wanted to add a new project to our curriculum. I came up with a paper plate sunflower which I think turned out really cute.
We used nine inch paper plates but you could also use the smaller ones. We painted the paper plate yellow using do-a-dot markers and blotted off the extra paint with a paper towel.
After the paint had dried we put glue around the edge of the plate. We pressed on flower petals that we had cut out of yellow tissue paper. We went back and applied more glue and flower petals in the gaps to give it a layered look.
The last step was to apply glue drops to the center of the paper plate and press sunflower seeds on. I encouraged the children to put as many seeds on as possible.
Once the glue dried we hung them up around the room and they look awesome!! I love this project because it really gives the children a chance to work on fine motor development. You can see a video of this project below:
I wanted to do an outdoor math center that went along with our flower theme so I put together a flower roll and plant activity. I purchased a rectangle flower container from the dollar store along with bunches of artificial flowers. You can use any shape plant pot or container that works for you.
I filled the bottom of the flower container with playdough ... putting enough in so that it would hold the flowers. I then used wire cutters to snip the individual flowers out of the flower bunches and put the flowers in a basket.
I made a number dice pattern and printed and assemble it. In this activity the children rolled the dice and "planted" the same number of flowers in the container by picking them out of the basket and pushing them into the playdough.
Once all of the flowers were planted the children then "picked" the flowers by rolling the dice and removing the same number of flowers from the container and putting them back into the basket. The children did really well counting out the flowers and took the time to make thief flower containers look beautiful!!
You can see a video of this activity by clicking below:
I found flower shaped pool noodles at the dollar store this past weekend and thought it would be fun for the children to use them to make flower prints for an art project. I have seen the noodles in place like walmart and menards as well but if you can not find the flower shaped ones the regular circle ones will still work fine for this project.
I cut the pool noodles in two inch lengths ... you cut them to be any size but I felt this was a good size for the the children to grip ... dip ... and press. I put different color paints on small paper plates and set a cut flower noodle onto each plate.
The children dipped the flower noodles into the paint and blotted off some of the extra paint on the paper plate. The then pressed the flower down on a piece of cardstock paper and repeated. They chose what colors they wanted to use and how many flowers they wanted to make.
After the flower prints had dried a bit they dipped the bottom of a small paint brush into yellow paint and dabbed it in the center of the flowers. I think the children did a great job with this project that also worked on fine motor skills as well as hand-eye coordination.
The free daily printable this week is Flower Pre-Writing Tracers which is a great activity for fine motor and writing skills. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper and cut them out and laminated them.
I set the tracers out in a basket along with washable markers. I set these up in my writing center but you can use them for a quiet time activity or for when children first arrive in the morning.
In this activity children pick a tracer card and trace around the dashed lines with a washable marker and continue until they have complete all of the cards. A paper towel or old sock works great to remove the marker from the cards. You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday May 17th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section.
We did a flower themed circle time activity similar to "brown bear ... brown bear what do you see?". I showed the children each of the flowers one at a time and told them what color it was. When you do the following activity you can start with any color that you wish. There is no particular order the flower colors.
After we finished reviewing the colors I picked the red flower and held it up so all of the children could see.
red flower ... red flower what do you see?
I see a blue flower looking at me. (hold up blue flower and remove red)
blue flower ... blue flower what do you see?
I see a green flower looking at me. (hold up green flower and remove blue)
green flower ... green flower what do you see?
I see a black flower looking at me. (hold up black flower and remove green)
Continue until you have gone through all of the colors. When you hold the last flower up say "I see all of the color flowers looking at me".
You can find the flower patterns here. I printed them on cardstock paper ... laminated them and glue them to craft sticks but you do not have to. You can attach magnets to the back and use on a magnetic board ... you could also attach velcro or masking tape to the back and use on a felt board.
I love using props at circle time so be on the look out for more goodies soon!!
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