There are plants spouting up all around us this summer, so it’s a great time to teach your little tykes about the different components of a flower.  These fun ideas will help you figure out just how to do that!

What We’re Reading:

The Tiny Seed

Eric Carle (Author, Illustrator)

 

 

From Seed to Plant

Gail Gibbons (Author)

 

Flowers 

Vijaya Bodach (Author)

 

 

Songs:

I’m a Little Seedling (sung to the tune of I’m a Little Teapot)

I’m a Little Seedling

I love Spring

I need sun and watering

Put me in soil

if you please

When I grow up

I’ll be a tree

 

The Planting Flowers Song (sung to the tune of Peanut, Peanut Butter, and Jelly)

*Create your own movements to go with the song

First you take the seed and you plant it, you plant it

Chorus: Planting, Planting Flowers, for Springtime Next you take a shovel and you dig, you dig

Chorus: Planting, Planting Flowers, for Springtime Put it in the soil and you cover, you cover

Chorus: Planting, Planting Flowers, for Springtime Next you take the can and you water, you water

Chorus: Planting, Planting Flowers, for Springtime Give it lots of sun and it will sprout, will sprout

Chorus: Planting, Planting Flowers, for Springtime Look at all the flowers that are growing, are growing

Chorus: Planting, Planting Flowers, for Springtime

 

Parts of the Flower (sung to the tune of Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes)

Flower, stem, leaves and roots.

Leaves and roots.

Flower, stem, leaves and roots.

Leaves and roots.

And all it takes is sun and showers

And then the seed grows into a FLOWER.

 

Activities:

Parts of A Flower

This easy activity has a BIG impact!  After you complete this activity, your kiddos will be able to share, explain, and show what they know about the parts of a flower.

What You Need:

  • Multi-colored tissue paper
  • Liquid glue
  • Scissors
  • Green construction paper
  • White construction paper
  • Markers
  • Brown crinkle gift tinsel

Directions:

  1. Draw a large flower on white construction paper
  2. Invite your child to cut out the flower
  3. Have your child build those little muscles in their fingers by tearing the tissue paper and rolling it into little balls before gluing them all over the large flower cutout
  4. Create a stem and leaves out of green construction paper (either draw a stem and leaves for your child to practice their cutting skills, or have them draw their own)
  5. Add brown crinkle gift tinsel to the bottom of the stem to act as roots for some extra detail.
  6. Finally, add the parts of the flower and you have a complete diagram for your kids to share with others

 

Make a Flower For Mom!

This is an adorable project for the little ones!  My little guy created these tulips last week at his baby playgroup.  All you need is washable paint, construction paper, glue, and scissors.  What a Great idea!  Thanks Bay City ISD!  He was so proud to show it to Daddy and his older brother!

 

Make A Flower Garden

I really like this activity because it’s a simple, and easy go-to activity at anytime!

What You Need:

  • Washable Paint
  • Scissors
  • White construction paper
  • Toilet paper rolls

Directions:

  1. Cut toilet paper rolls to look like petals of a flower
  2. Dip in paint and use as a stamp on the construction paper
  3. Add stems and leaves to your picture with markers

 

Plant A Flower Sensory Table

I absolutely love the sensory table!  My little guy and I had a blast planting and, of course, “un-planting” the flowers!  I bet you can guess what his favorite part was!  Thanks Ann, for the GREAT activity!

 

Snacks:

Surprise your favorite little people with a special little snack.

Turn a plain old sandwich into a fun and exciting lunch with a cookie cutter!

 

Use a pancake form to create a blooming breakfast any little one would enjoy!

 

Invite your kids to “play with their food” by creating colorful and yummy flowers out of their fruits!

 

 

 

Movies:

I also found a few videos on YouTube.com, which might be helpful for furthering this lesson plan.  After watching, your children will hopefully understand the different parts of the flower, and how it grows!  Click the links below to watch the videos!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xO8hrqDuMmY&feature=player_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHNc-8GaURU&feature=player_embedded