Try one or both of the ideas below with your children.
|Glue or tape twig "branches" onto pieces of
construction paper. Give your children small squares of
pink and white tissue paper to crumple and glue onto the
branches for blossoms.
|Cut 3-inch circles out of assorted colors of tissue
paper. Show your children how to put two or three circles
together and snip around the edges to create a flower.
For a stem, poke a pipe cleaner up through the center
of the flower and bend over the tip to hold the flower
From construction paper, make paper strips to fit around
your children's heads. Set out a variety of flower-shaped
rubber stamps plus stamp pads in assorted colors. Invite
your children to decorate their headbands with color patterns
(red rose-blue rose-red rose-blue rose) or shape patterns
(tulip-daisy-tulip-daisy). Tape the finished headbands
in place when the children have finished.
Invite your children to play these learning games.
|Match pairs of flower shapes cut from assorted colors
|On a flannel board, match pairs of felt flower shapes,
such as tulips, bluebells, and daisies.
|Match pairs of flower shapes cut from several kinds
On a paper for each of your children, make five yellow
flower centers. Number them 1 to 5. Give your children
washable ink pads and then have them name the number on
each flower center and stamp that many fingerprint "petals"
around it. Encourage them to add leaves and stems to their
flowers, if they wish.
DESIGNING A GARDEN
Take your children on a walk to see spring flowers in bloom.
Write down the flower names and colors you find. When you
return, give the children those colors of crayons, markers,
or paint to use for creating a "garden" of their
own on a large piece of paper. Display their finished garden
as a springtime room decoration.