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 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.
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.
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