Seeds and Flowers!

Our local libraries have been presenting some great FREE programs for children!  Last night my son and I took the kids to a Spring themed pajama night.  I always wish more parents knew that these great opportunities are available.  These programs include movement songs, stories, crafts, snacks and sometimes even parachute play!   What a great way to introduce children to some of the types of activities they will engage in when they go to preschool or kindergarten.

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This cute flower project made me think about some of the wonderful books I loved sharing with my kindergartners.

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flower seed books3 flower seed books2 flower seed books1 During the spring we always studied seeds and the parts of plants.  That usually included planting some quick growing seeds so the children could watch this exciting process and take home a small flower.

Dr. Jean has a fun song to the tune of Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.  It introduces or reinforces the parts of a flower.

Of course the children touch their head, body, stick out their arms for leaves, and their feet for the roots!

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You can find this song on Dr. Jean’s CD – Kiss Your Brain

We made this project using the children’s hands to trace the roots and flowers, then again with their fingers close together for the leaves.

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The children wrote a short phrase about the job of each part of the plant.

Here are the details of the cute project the children made at the library.  I loved this because the children could pull the pipe cleaners down for the roots, and push them up to simulate how the flowers grow!  They always love to make a project they can play with!

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They started out with a 3 oz. paper cup that already was wrapped with paper, and 5 small holes were punched in the bottom.  You could easily make this with fewer flowers, 3 would still be great!

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They provided stickers to decorate the outside of the “flower pot” and the little flowers with holes inside were precut – probably a die cut.  Older children might cut their own flowers too!

The children poked one end of the pipe cleaner through a hole in the cup and put a flower on the other end.  Adults helped the little ones bend the ends of the pipe cleaners to keep them in place.

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Next they stuffed small strips of brown tissue paper into the cup around the pipe cleaners to make it look like dirt.

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With the pipe cleaners pushed all the way up the little flower pot will sit on the table.  The kids loved pulling the flowers down into the pot and pushing them up to “grow!”

Here are the directions that were posted on each table.

directions  I love simple, inexpensive projects that the kids can play with!   You might want to check out your local library and share the information about great programs like this with the families in your class!  Thanks to the Milford Public Library for a fun evening!

Happy Easter!  Happy Spring!

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Judy Buckley
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 09:12:00

    Your ideas are simple and developmentally appropriate. Thank you!

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  2. Colleen
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 09:31:17

    I’m not a teacher- just a mommy looking for after-school enrichment activities. Your posts are fantastic. You were a wonderful teacher, and you are still such an inspiration. Thank you for spreading your ideas on the blog! (I sure wish my son had the opportunity to have you as a teacher! I suppose in using your ideas, he gets a smidgeon of it! )

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  3. christine
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 10:15:10

    How wonderful to have a new post from you! I reference your blog all the time and am so glad to see the titles of books I need for our upcoming plant unit! Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

    Reply

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