Don’t you just love it when you have an idea to share with your kids and it doesn’t feel at all like learning!?!? I love those activities! These flower themed activities for preschoolers are just like that! We practiced our colors and numbers while planting flowers in our super special “dirt” with this flower sensory play idea, plus the other ideas from the #PlayfulPreschool team are amazing!
Materials for Flower Sensory Play:
1 Can of shaving cream
1 bag of craft sand (or other clean sand)
Green pipe cleaners
Fake flowers with holes in the center
How to prepare:
Mix the shaving cream and the sand together. No exact amounts required just until you decide that it is a fun texture.
Cut the pipe cleaners in half and tie a “knot” in each one about 1/3 of the way down the stem. (This is to give the flowers something to rest on.)
Then allow your little one to plant a flower garden!
We started with the stems, then the leaves, then the flower petals.
While this flower sensory play set up could definitely just be a time of play, you can also work in some preschool learning concepts while you are at it.
Count the stems as you ‘plant’ them in the garden. Then, count the leaves and the flower petals.
Placing the flowers on top of the stems is great for building fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination!
Talk about the colors of the flower petals. Ask your child to find an orange flower or find two blue flowers.
Plant the flowers in a row and create a pattern with the colors.
Shiloh hates touching “messy” things, but she had a lot of fun with this! After we had planted all the flowers, she decided to pick them all. Then, she decided it was time for play and combined the carrots that we had used in our carrot play dough with the sand dough.
She had a blast creating textures in the top of the dough and planting the carrots.
Check out all the other great ideas from the #PlayfulPreschool team!
Alphabet Activities: Flower Vases by Growing Book by Book
Spring and summer are full of opportunities for preschoolers to pick flowers from the yard. Bring a bouquet inside and have fun arranging them while learning about the alphabet in this fun and playful activity. Lavender Scented Sensory Paint and Pre-Writing Practice for Preschool! by The Preschool Toolbox Blog
There are few things that excite our senses like the fragrance of flowers! Come try a lavender scented sensory paint to enhance pre-writing skills! Free lavender pre-writing printable for use at home (or in the classroom)! Flower Hunt by Color by Mom Inspired Life
Get outside with your preschooler and explore nature while hunting for flowers by color! Use the included printable to record your findings and then practice various math concepts with your data.
Flowers are not just beautiful, they have a purpose too! Many flowers turn into the food we eat. Honey bees are to thank for this! Grab your markers and celebrate the pollinators with this bee craft and science activity for kids.
There is so much playful math involved with our Flower Number Garden! Our kids especially loved the “magical” way we made them “grow!”
Learn colors, count, and practice fine motor skills with flower sensory play for preschoolers! Ending Word Sound Flowers by Capri + 3 Letter Recognition Flowers by Rainy Day Mum
Work with preschoolers on letter recognition with this reusable flowers activity that is simple to make and can be used again and again.