Growing flowers is fun anytime! This theme is endless in the possible activities and adventures your preschoolers can participate inside and outside!
This theme page is filled with preschool lesson plans, activities and ideas for all the interest centers in your preschool classroom.
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Materials Needed: Finger paint paper, variety of finger paint colors.
Children can make flowers by using the sides of their fists and use their open hands to make leaves!
Materials Needed: Round circles of a variety of colors and scraps of construction paper, scissors and glue.
The children glue their circles onto a large piece of construction paper.
They use scissors to cut the scraps of paper to make into flower petals and glue around their circles.
They can also use the paper to make stems and leaves.
Materials Needed: Flower magazines, glue, paper
The children choose the flowers from the magazines that they like, cut them out and work together to make a large, group flower collage!
Growing flowers needs the use of our hands! Make a plaster of paris print of their hands for families to keep!
Materials: plaster of paris mix, measuring cup, water, large mixing bowl, one shallow tray for each child, pencil, paper towels, newspaper
Cover the tables with newspaper.
Mix the plaster of Paris as directed (usually 1 part water and 2 parts plaster is a great ratio).
Pour the plaster into as many trays as it makes (usually 2-3 at a time is plenty at one time to do!)
Wait a few minutes for the plaster to begin to harden (about 10 minutes). At this point, Help the children gently press into the plaster to make their handprints.
Carve the child's name and date into the plaster with a pencil before it dries.
EXTENSION: When dried, the children can paint them.
EXTENSION: Because a growing flowers type of theme is typically done in springtime, this may be a great activity to hold onto when complete to give to the parents for either Mothers' Day or Fathers' Day.
Materials Needed: Colorful muffin cup papers, white paper, crayons and miscellaneous art and craft supplies.
Talk about what growing flowers have (stem, leaves, roots, flower) and what they need (soil, sun, water, air).
Encourage them to create their own, unique flower that has ALL of the 4 parts of a flower using the materials provided. They can also use crayons or markers to make leaves and stems or they can use collage materials.
Materials: Leaves from outside, glue and markers
The children use the leaves to create a leaf face or leaf creature and add to it with markers.
Write down the stories they tell about their creations and tape the description onto the bottom of their paper when they are done and display!
Add artificial small flowers and trucks to your block area. The children can load and unload flowers in their flower shop made of blocks!
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your Growing Flowers Theme!
Parts of a Flower
Materials Needed: 1 fresh flower, strips of paper and a marker, 4 pieces of construction paper, artificial flowers--dissected (take apart many artificial flowers so that you have enough pieces for each child to have one for the circle activity below).
Show the fresh flower to the children at circle time to introduce your Growing Flowers theme.
Pass the flower around for the children to touch and smell and discuss what they notice about the flower.
Ask if they know what a flower needs to grow? (Water, air, soil, sun).
Now, point to each part of the flower and ask if they know what it is called. Let them know the name and then print the name on a label and show it to them. Draw a basic picture of that part on the strip of paper and repeat the name.
Do this for each part of the flower: Flower, leaf, stem, root
Place these labels on different pieces of paper in the middle of circle.
Now pass out pieces of the artificial flowers.
Ask each child to identify which part of a growing flower they have and place it on the proper labeled paper.
EXTENSION: Use these items as a sorting/math activity for your math and manipulatives center (See Parts of a Flower math/manipulative activity below).
We Are Growing
As you discuss growing flowers, also discuss that the children are growing!
Bring a growth chart to circle (you can make your own by simply having a long piece of butcher paper and measure off up to 4 to 5 feet with some "inch" increments listed also!
Hang the chart on the wall.
Have each child stand against the chart and place a line and their name where their height is.
EXTENSION: Do this again at the end of the year to chart their growth!
Growing Vegetable Soup
Materials: Vegetables to make vegetable soup with and the story Growing Vegetable Soup
After reading the story, have the children identify the vegetables you have brought. Talk about the types of flowers or plants that are seen when they grow (the green on the carrots, etc.).
EXTENSION: If you do this, see the cooking activity idea to go with this book below under Cooking.
EXTENSION: In advance, make vegetables and other items from this story to place (or have the children place) onto a flannel board while you read the story.
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation!
Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific theme related questions while making these fun snacks!
Cooking Vegetable Soup
Ingredients and Items needed: The book Growing Vegetable Soup; vegetables from the story and a crock pot.
After reading the story, have the children help you to prepare the vegetables and place them in a crock pot with some vegetable broth. Cook on high (out of their way) for several hours!
Materials: Artificial flowers, desk or table with a cash register, shopping carts and shopping bags. Also, provide plastic vases for the children to display some of their arrangements in!
More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)
Materials Needed: Leaves that are still on small branches. Use these to paint with instead of brushes!
Hide And Seek
Materials: Hide several flowers (artificial) in the classroom or playground. Have the children look for a specific flower! Tell them, you'll find many flowers, but right now we are ONLY looking for purple flowers, or red flowers, etc.
Materials: See how many bubbles the children can blow in one area to make a bubble garden! Or, place bubble solution in a bin. The children insert a straw and blow to make the bubbles grow in the bin!
NOTE: Whenever I do bubbles and straws, I cut a small notch out of the straw so that if the child "sucks" in, they won't get a mouth full of bubbles. Just be sure you don't place the notch where the children will be placing their hands to hold the straw, thus covering the hole!
Book Suggestions for the Library
Alison's Zinnia by Anita Lobel
These books may be available at your local library. You can also purchase them through Amazon by clicking on the titles. Do not limit yourself to just these books! There are many books about growing flowers- fiction and non-fiction- that would be wonderful to support your preschool lesson plans in your preschool classroom!
Materials: Clay and artificial flowers.
Let the children work those small muscles by manipulating the clay. Invite them to stick artificial flowers into the clay for a beautiful arrangement!
Materials: Plastic vases and artificial flowers.
Program the vases with numbers by taping numbers on the outside. The children place the appropriate number of flowers in the vase.
VARIATION: For a color recognition activity, either provide different color vases or tape a different color on each vase. The children then sort the flowers by color AND count them!
Play Dough Flowers
Materials Needed: Spring colored play dough, growing flowers type of play dough cutters (flowers, tools, bees, bunnies, other garden items, etc), plastic play dough cutting tools.
Let the children create their own colorful play dough flower garden while developing their small muscles!
A colleague of mine once had this activity available and the kids loved it.
Place a few large wreaths (purchased at a craft store) and lots of artifical flowers at your manipulatives center. The children will make some beautiful wreaths!
Encourage them to create wreathes with patterns. Encourage counting, sorting, etc.
Display the wreaths, and take apart the next day for more fun!
Parts of a Growing Flower
Materials: artificial flowers with most of them "dissected" into parts: flower, stem, leaf.
4 large pieces of paper with the flower parts written on them (flower, stem, leaf, whole flower). Also, draw a basic picture of each next to the label.
The children sort the pieces onto the correct paper.
After sorting, encourage the children to count how many of each part they have. Which do they have more of? Stems? Leaves?
Materials: In advance, hot glue some artificial flowers and ribbons on a large craft stick. Let the children use this to count the flowers that you have in your math center! Count the red flowers, count the blue flowers...they will all love using the Flower Power wand to count with!
Growing Flowers Song
sung to Frere Jacques
Use this song as one to act out!
Flowers are growing, flowers are growing (move hands from your sides to up over your head)
All around! All around! (point around the room)
So many pretty colors! So many pretty colors! (hand over eyes to look)
Fill the ground, fill the ground! (point to floor around the room)
Let's go see them, let's go see them! (hand over eyes to look again)
Growing bright, growing bright!
We'll use our noses to smell them, (bend over and pretend to smell)
and use our eyes to see them, (bend over and pretend to look at a flower)
What a sight, what a sight! (clap hands and display a very happy smile!)
Dancing and Growing Flowers
Materials Needed: Colorful scarves or crepe paper, 2 pieces for each child, to use while dancing or acting out the growth of a flower!
Materials Needed: styrofoam cups, coffee filters, grass seed, water, eyedroppers, markers and googly eyes.
In advance use rubber bands to secure coffee filters on the bottoms of the cups.
With the children, invert the cups so the bottoms are on the top and have children draw faces and/or just decorate with markers.
Children place a few drops of water on the coffee filter and then sprinkle grass seed.
It will grow "hair" like a chia pet!
Thank you to Jacqui from copmanhurst, nsw Australis for this idea!
And sand, shovels, buckets, water, silk flowers, small branches from trees, watering cans and water
The children can dig a long trench and plant a beautiful garden. then allow the children to water the plants. Talk about how to care for our gardens, what plants need to survive,etc.
Fill your sensory table with potting soil one day. Give the children different flower seed packets with seeds in them. Let them plant them all! Transfer the soil and seed mix to a large pot for them to water.
Once it is warmer outside, transfer your garden to the outdoors!
EXTENSION: Have the children cut out the pictures from the seed packets and glue them onto large craft sticks and place those in the planter to see which flowers they can identify once they start growing!
Materials needed: newspaper for table; strawberry jar (found in garden centers, they have openings or pockets on the sides); gravel (small size) for bottom of pot; potting soile; nylon sockes; strawberry plants ( 1 for each opening or pocket in your pot); water
Cover table with newspaper.
Place about 1" of gravel in bottom of pot.
Add potting soil until it is level with the first opening or pocket.
Place some soil and the roots of ONE strawberry plant in a nylon tupe. Place into the opening of the pot so the plant is on the ouside of the pot but the soil and roots are mostly inside.
Continue filling the pot with soil to each pocket until you have planted them all.
Top off with more potting soile, water and put in a sunny place.
It takes a few weeks for them to grow!
Plants DO Breathe
Bring in 2 large plants with green leaves and a small jar of vaseline.
On a few leaves, put vaseling on the top (shiny) sides of some of the leaves.
On a different plant, put vaseling on the bottom sides of some of the leaves.
In a few days, the leaves with the Vaseline on the top will be unaffected. The leave with the Vaseline on the bottoms will turn brown and wilt because it can not breath. The veins are covered.
Keep a journal of what happens. Label each plant "TOPS" and "BOTTOMS" to remember which is which!
Will It Grow?
Bring in 2 plants of the same type.
Ask the children if they think the plants will grow if you don't water them?
Label one plant "WATER" Label the other "NO WATER"
Ask the children who thinks the one with water will grow? Write down how many children on that plants label.
Do the same with the plant that says NO WATER.
Place the plants on a table and watch what happens over a week by watering one and not the other.
Growing flowers need soil. Let the children explore 2 different kinds of dirt. In one jar place some potting soil. In another, place some dirt from outside.
Write down the differences that they notice when they touch and smell the dirt.
Dirt and Water Exploration
Materials: Small (16 ounce) clear plastic water bottle with the label removed; dirt; water.
Fill bottle 1/4 full of dirt from outside. Fill to about 3/4 full with water. Cover and Seal with a hot glue gun.
When the children shake them, it gets cloudy and when they let it sit, the dirt slowly falls to the bottom. Ask lots of questions about this such as:
What happened when you shook it? Why do you think that happened?
What's happening now? Why do you think the dirt is going to the bottom?
You may want to make many of these for the children to use or:
EXTENSION: Provide enough of these for each child to make one and label it with their name!
Leaf and Stem Rubbings
Materials Needed: Crayons with the papers peeled off, leaves, white paper
Show the children how to place leaves under the paper and then use different crayons to rub (on the sides of the crayons, not the tips) to show the leaf prints!
Growing Flowers Class Book
Each child chooses the color of construction paper they want and draws their own flower or flower garden. Ask each child to tell you about their page. You write down exactly what they say.
Set the pages up as a classbook reading their stories!
Growing Flowers Theme Field Trips
Take a trip to a local flower store or nursery OR see if they will come to your program and talk to the children!
Growing Flowers Theme Classroom Visitors
Do you have family members who like to garden? Can they come in and talk to the children and/or help them start a classroom garden?!
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