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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!!
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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 made handprint flowers for Mother's Day and they turned out super cute!! The children started by painting their hands green and pressing them down on poster board that I had secured to our table. After they washed their hands they dipped a finger in yellow paint and finger painted a small yellow circle above each finger on the handprints.
The next step was to choose the colors they wanted to use for the flowers and finger paint small circles around the yellow circles. While they were waiting for the paint to dry they cut out flower pots from brown construction paper and glued them on just below the handprints.
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Every year we plant sun flower and pumpkins seeds with the children and then transfer the plants into our garden area when they reach the right size. I chose these two kinds of plants because they are rapid growing and larger plants which makes it easier for the children to observe their growth.
When we plant seeds I make sure I have all of the items we will need already set up outside. You may choose to do your set up differently but these are the materials we use and the process by which the children plant their seeds.
Peat Moss Cups
Miracle Grow Potting Soil
Variety of Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds
Clear of Frosted Containers With Lids
We start by having the children fill the peat moss cups with potting soil. They use hand trowels to scoop up the soil and put it in the cups. They then pick the kind of seeds they want to put in the cup and put one or two in the soil. They cover up the seeds with a little more soil and and water them.
After they add water to the cups they put them in one of the plastic containers. The containers act as small greenhouses when you put the covers on them. Over the next couple of weeks the children will check the plants daily to see if the seeds have germinated. Once they have they then check to see how the plants start to change as they grow.
I choose not to write the children's names on the cups because sometimes there can be seeds that do not grow. When we are planting the seeds we talk about how everyone is helping to plant and take care of all the seeds so they belong to the whole class to enjoy.
The free daily printable this week is Flower Alphabet Pick and Cover which is a great activity for letter recognition and review. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper and cut them out. I glued the flower mats onto construction paper and laminated everything.
The children made playdough balls to use as the letter cover-ups but if you do not want to use playdough I have also included cover-up circles. I like to use playough because it helps with fine motor development.
In this activity children pick a letter card and cover up the same letter on the flower mat. Play continues until all the letters have been covered. The patterns come in both upper as well as lowercase. You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday May 10th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section.
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