If your toddler is anything like Mila, they love flowers. Spring is the perfect time to not only go and pick flowers, but to learn and identify parts of flowers too!
After learning about the water cycle, it was an easy transition to learning about flowers. While reading the Little Raindrop Book, Mila noticed that flowers and plants were a part of a raindrops journey. Since I have a ton of plants, she connected how our houseplants get thirsty and that they needed water to live.
So, we reread the book, talked about what makes a flower, a flower, and made a fun craft too.
To do this activity with your child, you only need a few supplies.
- Scrap paper – I used left over scrapbook paper
- White paper – for the base of the craft
- Watercolor paint or crayons
- Small pompoms
- Little Raindrop Book – optional
Before beginning this activity, there’s a little prep to do.
First, cut out pieces to make a stem, flower, leaves, sun, and dirt. I did basic shapes, but you can be as creative as you want. For the flower, I left it white so Mila could paint and personalize it.
Then, cut squares for your child to actually label the flower. There should be six squares. Label them with these: sun, flower, stem, leaves, dirt, and roots.
There are a few ways to introduce this activity to your child. Mila interacts with flowers and plants everyday at our home and through the book I mentioned. Your child might enjoy going outside and actually seeing flowers before doing this.
After you talk to your child about flowers, it’s time to set up the activity.
I first had Mila paint her flower with watercolors. Since we’ve been in a creative mood, she loved this part!
After that was finished. I had Mila tell me what she remembered about flowers.
To get to the main part of the activity, I asked her a few leading questions. The first was where do flowers live. She instantly said dirt, so on our paper we laid down where dirt would be. Then I asked her what part of the flowers lived under the dirt. Roots! This is a difficult question and I think she only knew this through my plant propagations.
We glued down half of the ‘dirt’ and then drew roots underneath the other half. This makes this project interactive.
With the dirt and roots set, it’s a little easier for them to figure out what comes next.
Mila ended up putting the stem, leaves, and flowers on by herself. She helped me glue the pieces of paper and placed them where she wanted them to go. For the sun, I asked her what gives the plant life. the sun and water. She placed the sun in the top corner and said that was in the sky.
We used the little pompoms to talk about seeds. Since seeds are in the middle of the flower, we put them there. Although we didn’t talk about seeds, I did extend her learning and told her seeds go in the ground. Then I told her they sprout roots and flowers from that one little seed. She seemed pretty amazed by that.
After it was all laid out, I made her go through all the parts to label them.
As she stated what part of the plant was what, I glued down the appropriate label so she could see the words by them.
Overall, it was a fun activity that she’s really proud of. She’s showed everyone who’s came over.
Make sure to check out these seven spring books that can help you talk to your toddler about flowers and spring. They all have beautiful illustrations and I know toddlers and young children will LOVE them.
If you tried this activity, let me know in the comments. I’d love for you to tag me on Instagram at @greyskies.rainbowhighs so I can see everyone’s creations!
Before you go, check out how these other mom incorporated flowers with their kids:
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