As toddler girl is going through an 'I love flowers' stage, I thought I would incorporate a flowers theme into her learning.
We have been busy having lots of fun with some of these ideas, and I hope you get to have some fun with them too. Feel free to add any ideas you may have relating to the theme flowers in the comments at the bottom of the page.
For easy reference I will be splitting the activities into the group I feel they best fit into. Just remember with the EYFS there is always an overlap, where some activities can fit into different learning areas.
Personal, social and emotional development (PSED)
Make a flower 'family tree' picture.
Put the child's name in the centre of the flower and add petals of different family members. you could use photos, drawings or names.
Make a flower card for a family member.
Talk about how the child feels about that person, what makes them special. It could be something as simple as 'they make nice cakes'
Make an hello flower.
Write 'hello' in the child's language in the centre of the flower. Write 'hello' in other languages on the petals.
Make a feelings flower.
Draw pictures of faces showing different emotions; happy, sad, cross, scared etc. blue tack the 'emotion faces' onto the petals of the flower. Talk to your child about their emotions, and encourage them to talk about how they feel in different situations. They can then choose an 'emotion face' to put in the centre of the flower.
Use flower shaped mirrors
(or make your own) so children can interact with their own reflection.
Make flower activity charts.
Put a picture of the child in the centre of the flower. On each petal write or draw an activity that they can choose. Encourage the child to choose which activities they would like to do, and put the petal with that activity on to their flower.
Make a flower reward chart.
Communication and language.
Make flower biscuits.
Encourage your child to talk about what they are doing, encourage the use of new words, like; sieve, scales...
Play hide the flower.
Use words like 'under' 'over' 'behind' to help your child find the flower.
Look at a flowers lifecycle.
Show your child pictures of a seed, small seedling, larger stem(with no flower), fully grown flower. Encourage your child to help predict and order events coherently.
Encourage your child to participate in role play games, try setting up your own garden centre.
Grow your own flower.
Help your child to predict and speculate what will happen to the seed.
Use correct wording.
Use flower words when discussing flowers, for example petal, stem, seed...
When making flowers or flower pictures, encourage your child to discuss and plan what they will do and how they are going to do it, for example, 'what materials they will need.'
Make play dough flowers.
Threading around a flower shape.
You can easily make your own threading pictures by hole punching around different shapes.
Grow like a flower.
Scrunch up small like a seed, slowly grow taller and taller and then open up into a flower.
Move to music.
Using a mix of fast and slow music pretend to be a flower blowing in the breeze.
Using a variety of different flowers (daisies, buttercups, paper flowers ) and encourage your child to sort them in different ways. Use a variety of containers like paper bags, ice cube trays, different sized plastic tubs etc.
Digging and planting.
Encourage free digging. Put compost in some large trays and supply a variety of tools to dig with, for example plastic spades, spoons... You could plant real flowers, or keep it more of a free play activity and provide your child with lolly stick flowers to plant.
Making movements with flowers.
Use lolly stick and straw flowers to make marks in different types of media. You could try gloop, paint, yogurt, sand...
Chalk flower balancing.
Draw a large flower outside with chalk. Encourage your child to walk or run around it trying to stay on the chalked lines.
Draw around a flower picture.
Make a flower book.
Include pictures and photos of what your child likes to do, food they like, food they don't like, family members etc.
Read flower books, poems, songs.
Try the following books; The flower by Chris Baines, Ohh, pretty flower by British broadcasting corporation staff. My friends the flowers by William Lach, and In my flower by Sara Gillingham.
Look at instruction books together, for example recipe books, craft books...
Use the internet to research different names of flowers, or different activities you can do with your child.
Play flower games on the internet or on a tablet.
Make a flower alphabet line.
Talk about caring.
Talk about how to care for flowers, write down your child's response.
Make a flower poem.
Make a poem about flowers, write it down and then read it back to your child. By doing this you are helping your child understand that what we say can be written down, and then read and understood by others.
Provide paper to write lists, for example, what flowers we would like to buy, where we can get these flowers from.
Provide word banks, with flower words on. for example names of flowers, parts of a flower, colours of flowers.
Sort different types of flowers in different ways. Ones with stems, yellow ones, big and small ones. Either use real flowers or make your own.
Make matching games.
Match flowers by either shapes or colour.
Use flowers to count, encourage your child to put two flowers on the number 2, three flowers on the number 3 etc.
Use chalk to make a flower hopscotch game.
Make a pattern with two different types of flower, either real or made.
Big and little.
Look at big and little flowers.
Make a flower using different shapes; circle for the centre, oval petals, rectangle stem, triangle leaves, square plant pot.
Make a flower number line.
Make a flower jigsaw.
Understanding the world.
A keyworker flower (for nurseries).
Put the keyworkers name in the middle of the flower, add the children's names who are in that group as petals.
Make flowers with bold black and white patterns for babies, to help maintain their interest.
Observe flowers in the natural environment. Use magnifying glasses, take photos of the flowers. Sit and draw some flowers.
Make a model of a flower.
Try using different media, for example, clay, play dough, paper mache.
Go on a walk to find some flowers. When you get back try and draw a simple map of where you went. Don't forget to draw where you saw the flowers. Older children could attempt to draw the correct flower and label it with the correct name.
Encourage your child to take their own photos of the flowers.
Using the computer.
Help your child use the computer to find pictures of different flowers.
After your child has drawn a flower picture, or made their map, explain to them how to use the photocopier or scanner. Encourage them to have a try.
Buy a couple of white flowers. Put one flower in blue water (using blue food colouring and water) Put one flower in red water, and put the other in normal water. Watch and see what happens... :)
Expressive art and design.
Make a flower garland.
Cut out different coloured flower shapes. Hole punch them in the middle and thread them onto some string. You can put a small piece of straw in-between each flower.
Make a tissue paper flower.
Potato printing flowers.
Make flower printed wrapping paper.
Make a flower badge.
Make flower hats.
Finger painting flowers.
Draw flower shapes in paint.
If you have any other ideas for any of the seven areas of learning then please feel free to comment below. I look forward to hearing your ideas. :)
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