One of my favorite theme is gardening and I love having the children make paper plate sunflowers ... they always turn out so 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 (you can also finger paint the plates) 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:
The free membership printable this week is flower number punch cards for number recognition and fine motor development. You can print on regular or cardstock paper for use with a hole punch.
I recommend printing on cardstock paper and laminating durability if you will be using these as clip cards. I have included both color as well as black and white patterns so you have a choice of which to use.
In this activity children pick a card and punch the dot under the number that matches the number on the flower. If you did not want to use a hole punch you could also clip the cards with clothespins or paper clips or even use buttons to cover up the dots.
You can grab the patterns below for free until Sunday May 17th ... after that date they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added flower alphabet punch cards.
flower number punch cards
The free membership printable this week is flower roll and cover. I print the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and then laminated them.
In this activity children roll the dice and cover up the same number on the flower mat. Play continues until all numbers have been covered. I have included mats numbers 1-6 ... 2-12 ... and also a blank mat.
You can grab the patterns below for free until Monday April 13th ... after that date they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added an alphabet train sequence.
flower roll and cover
The free membership printable this week is Flower Match and Clip for visual discrimination and fine motor development. I printed two copies on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them.
Children find the flower cards that match and then clip them together with clothespins or large plastic paper clips. There are twenty different flower cards to match but you can put out as many or as few as you wish.
You can grab the patterns below for free until Sunday May 13th ... after that date they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added Flower Letter Tracing.
flower match and clip
I made a set of flower themed cutting strips for the children to work on their scissor and fine motor skills. They can be printed on both cardstock and regular paper.
I have also included both black and white and color cutting strips so you have a choice of which to use with your early learners.
In this activity children cut along the lines on each strip ... we also did flower sorting by putting the same cut flowers together.
flower cutting strips
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.
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