Those April showers will lead to May flowers all over the place this month. Children love looking at the colors and differences in these natural beauties. Embrace the wonder and use it for activities that involve some art and fun.
Flower Word Power
Make some simple flower shape patterns for kids to cut out and use for a word skill activity. If you prefer, you can also make circle centers for the flower and petals to go around it. This would work best if you are doing rhyme patterns, or all words that begin or end with the same sound. For younger children, you can have small picture cut outs and allow them to match the similar ones onto the petals of the corresponding flower. Older children can work on more articulation goals. Allow time for them to decorate the surrounding areas of the construction that they will place the flowers on. Once finished, these can be sent home for more practice with their families.
Tissue Paper Game
Everyone loves tissue paper flowers because they are fun, easy to make, and add a lot of color into a room. Now imagine creating six varieties of paper tissue flowers for a guessing game. Thanks to a tutorial on Rust & Sunshine, anyone can see how to make a tissue paper rose, dahlia, daisy, peony, chrysanthemum, and poppy. Once the flowers are made, you can display them in some vases along a table. Now the fun begins. Use the flowers to play a guessing game. Practice phrasing questions, how to answer them, and giving clues. Talk about position of the flowers in relation to each other, the colors, and other items. If there is enough time, bring in extra pipe cleaners and tissue paper to allow each child to create their own beautiful flower to bring home.
Spring Flower and Symbol Activity
If you are limited on time, but still want to utilize a hands on flower activity create a flower and spring critter field. To do this, you will need a piece of foam from a craft store. Green would be best so this can be the grass. Next, look at the wood crafting area in your local store. Most sell already painted objects that can be made into something else. Look for birds, flowers, sun, butterflies, bees, and other items that would fit in well. These can then be glued onto craft sticks and placed into the foam piece. From here, you can use the scene to ask questions about how you placed objects in relation to each other. Another option is to give each of the items and use multi-step directions for the children to place them for a scene. Once they are set up, have them make up a story about what they see.
Before working on any of these items, take a little time to talk about flowers that are special in your region. Before starting this, talk to families to see if there are important flowers in their culture or areas that they are from. Connect with this by getting pictures of the flowers to share with everyone in the group.