The Playful Preschool Series theme this week is flowers. Spring is a wonderful time to observe all the beautiful flowers growing and blossoming. We had fun adding an alphabet activity into our flower exploration!
Flower Vases Alphabet Activity
Why We Chose This Activity
On a daily basis my 3 year-old brings me a bouquet of dandelions! He is slowly working on letter identification so I thought I would take advantage of his interests in flowers/weeds and tie it to a little literacy learning.
Materials Needed: 6-8 baby food jars, alphabet stickers or labels, fresh picked flowers, water, watering can
1. On each baby food jar place an alphabet sticker. We chose letters we are working on currently.
2. Fill a small watering can or pitcher with water.
3. Let your child pick a small bouquet of flowers.
Time to Play
As we set out the jars/vases we talked about each letter on the jar.
Then my son filled each container with water. This was definitely his favorite part! Pouring water is a great thing for preschoolers to work on too.
He then decided how he wanted to arrange the flowers in each vase. We talked about the colors and sizes of the flowers.
I also asked the following questions.
Which letter vase will you put that flower?
How many flowers did you put in the “G” vase?
Is there a purple flower in the “U” vase?
I loved that I could talk to him while he was playing and plant a little literacy learning!
This was a very simple but effective alphabet activity that works great for spring and summer outdoor learning.
Keep reading. Visit the links below for more great flower ideas from the #playfulpreschool team!
10+ Flower Garden Learning Activities for Kids
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Take learning outdoors. Fill the driveway with letter flowers and provide your child with plenty of opportunities to practice writing, matching, and tracing the alphabet.
There is so much playful math involved with our Flower Number Garden! Our kids especially loved the “magical” way we made them “grow!”
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Ask your child to make a beautiful flower garden with their fingers, sit back, and watch the magic.
Work with preschoolers on letter recognition with this reusable flowers activity that is simple to make and can be used again and again.
the preschool toolbox says
Jodie – flower-arranging is FUN with kids! I loved how you incorporated literacy into your designs:) Great idea!
Brilliant idea! My kids would love pouring the water too!
Our kids love picking flowers. What a great activity to go along with flower picking.
Great idea! My son would love pouring the water too. Also, your pics on this post are awesome!
Fantastic idea – I now know what to do with all of the dandelions and buttercups I end up given every day
Nicolette Roux says
beautiful flowers! love this idea
Love this idea! I get lots of flowers and weeds daily.
Love the addition of letters to the vases. The kids make a bouquet almost every night for the dinner table and I will try this tonight.