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Songs, Poems, & Finger-plays

Five Little Zinnias
Five little zinnias growing out side my door,
I picked one for Grandma, now there are four.
Four little zinnias, the prettiest I've seen,
I picked one for Grandpa, now there are three.
Three little zinnias, just a lovely few,
I picked one for Mommy, now there are two.
Two little zinnias reaching for the sun,
I picked one for Daddy, now there is one.
One little zinnia, a colorful little hero,
I picked it just for you, now there are zero!

Literacy Read the Five Little Zinnias  Poem: Cut out felt flowers to use with the flannel board and let kids pick them off.


A Little Garden Flower

A Little Garden Flower
A little garden flower
Is growing in its bed.
   (make a fist with left hand)
A warm spring sun
Is shining overhead.
    (Form circle with right thumb and finger.)
Down come the raindrops,
Dancing to and fro.
    (Flutter right fingers downward.)
The little flower wakens
And starts to grow.
    (Slowly extend pointer finger up from left fists.)

Adapted Traditional



How Does a Flower Begin?:  Ask the kids what a flower starts out as???  A seed!  Show them different flower seeds let them touch them and experience their size and texture.  Explain to them that just like flowers are all different so are their seeds.

How Does a Flower Grow?: Show the children  pictures of a flower in different stages of growth.  Show them pictures or a poster of the things flowers need to grow such as water, soil, and sunshine!



Math & Number Concepts

Flower Pot Match:  Create a file folder game using our flower pattern. Print the pattern, program, color and  laminate as many as needed.  Program the flowers and pots for whatever skill your students need to work on.  (i.e. Color the flowers different colors and on the pots write the color words, numbers.)  Glue the flower shape to pop-sickle sticks.  Tape the pots down to the file folder leaving the top open so that the flower can be slid down in the opening as shown. The students should match the flower to it's corresponding pot. 

Flower Size Sequencing- Print a copy of the Flower Size Sequencing printable (from The Teacher's Desk) have the children color then cut on the lines. They can glue them on a green piece of construction paper in the correct order from smallest to largest.


Make Flower Seed Collage Pictures:
Supplies: A variety of flower seeds, a flower outline printed on paper, glue.
Directions: Have the children glue the flower seeds on the picture to fill it in.  Show them how to get different looks by using one kind of seed for the center of the flower and another kind of seed for the petals etc.

Craft Activities

Child's Hand Lily:  Trace each child's hand.  Cut out the hand shape, curl it inward and staple shut.  Staple a paper stem onto the bottom and add paper leaves if desired.  

Pretty Flower Pots (Use this idea for a mothers day present by printing on each pot, "Mom's are the Flowers in the Garden of Life.")
Supplies:  Small clay pots, a variety of small silk flowers, a ribbon or bow twisted to floral wire (one per child), and green play dough.
Directions: Provide each child with a clay pot, several flower stems (you may have to cut them down to size before hand), a chunk of green play dough, and one of the ribbons.  Demonstrate to the children how they can place the play dough in the bottom of their clay pot, and then they can poke the flower stems and ribbon wire into the play dough. You can write the kids names on the pots with a paint marker or permanent marker.

May Day Baskets:  Make tissue paper flowers by layering tissue paper squares and folding them accordion style like a fan.  Fold that in half and wrap pipe cleaner around the bottom of the fold.  Then separate the tissue paper layers spreading them out to look like a carnation.  Have each child make three or more and then put them in a cone shaped construction paper basket.  Explain to the children about May Day and how you can leave the basket on a friend or neighbors door as a spring surprise.


Dramatic Play

Garden Center:  Set up a store area, have some fake flowers for the children to use in their play, some garden gloves, and an apron.  Ask a local garden center for some of the plastic plant packs that the flowers come in. Complete the center with child sized garden tools, buckets, aprons, and garden gloves.


Music & Movement

I have a variety of "flower" headbands I found on sale during Easter, we make butterflies and then attach them to wooden dowels. Then I play some light "flighty" classical music and have half of the children wear the head bands while the other children dance around with the butterflies. Then the butterflies get to land on a flower when I stop the music and the children switch props. I always talk tot he children about how fragile flowers and butterflies are so that they are very careful and gentle.


Science & Discovery

Life Cycle of a Seed:  Look at the life cycle of a seed with the children.  If possible have some live flowers to look at.  Point out the petals. stem, and roots.  Discuss the function of each part.

Flower Planting Experiment:  

Supplies:  One peat pot per child, potting mix, several child sized trowels and watering cans (Little Tykes makes some cute ones)  Marigold Seeds, and Sunflower Seeds.

Directions:  A head of time have the children predict which will sprout first, the marigolds or the sunflowers.  Record their predictions.  Then provide each child with a pot.  Let them come to the discovery table one or two at a time to fill their pot with potting soil (print their names on pop-sickle sticks and poke in the dirt).  Then Have them poke three to four sunflower seeds in the soil and sprinkle a some marigold seeds on top, then slightly cover it with a dab more dirt.  Then have them set the pots in the discovery table or on a large tray and water them.  Make sure to cover them with plastic wrap at night and place the whole thing near a window.  The children can then water them daily and observe what happens to their seeds.  You may want to have them create little journals where they can draw pictures of their flower growth.   

Plant a Garden Outdoors: or provide play rakes, wheel barrels, and such for a pretend garden.

Sensory Activities:

Sunflower Seeds:  Fill the discovery table with unshelled sunflower seeds.  Provide the children with measuring cups, spoons, and pie tins.


Blocks & Building

Add some bright colorful blocks to the block & building area, and check out these cool flower/blocks Fun Flower by Voila


Puzzles, Games & Manipulatives

  Alex My Touchable Puzzle Set - In the Garden

  The Hen's Garden Puzzle

  Patch Two Sided Beautiful Flower Garden Floor 46 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle



Here is a fun flower game!



Worms in the dirt!  Chocolate pudding with crushed Oreo cookies, whip cream, and gummy worms, let the kids plant flower shaped candies in the dirt too!

Sun Flower Seeds


Bulletin Boards

 "Growing a Garden of Artists!" -Put this caption up on a bulletin Board that displays children's art. Let the children create one of a kind flowers by dropping water colors on coffee filters or squirt painting flower shapes cut from construction paper. For added fun cut pictures of each child in a circle shape and glue them to the center of the flower each child created.

Other Resources

 Kid's Tote: Garden Tote with Tools for Children

  Little Farmer Gloves

 Globus Space-Age Plant Habitat, Plantarium Garden Lab


 Wee Enchanted Garden



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