Exploring Flowers

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

flowers

Flowers are wonderful for decoration, to grow, to pick, and admire.  Flowers are also a lot of fun for playful learning!



For this flower activity, I simply set a tray of cut flowers from our garden with a magnifying glass.  If you don't have flowers in your yard, flowers can be purchased for few dollars. The magnifying glass is optional, but can be utilized to give your child exposure to a scientific tool.

Miss E decided how she would explore the flowers.

She observed the flowers by using her sense of touch.

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She dissected the flowers, and we talked about what she noticed about the different flower parts.

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She used the magnifying glass to take a closer look at the flowers.

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When all the flowers were torn apart, she had fun playing with the parts of the flowers in the tray.  

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When children practice their observation skills with a natural artifact, it develops science skills.  Use of a magnifying glass and discussion of flower parts help children learn more about science.  

This post is linked up to It's Playtime! and Learning Laboratory

11 comments:

MiaB said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Isn't it amazing how little ones just love to dishevel anything...It's their way of exploration I guess :) Thanks for this great post.

Valerie @ Inner Child Fun said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a great activity to encourage the kids to explore nature. And wow, Rebekah, I haven't been to your site in awhile. It looks fabulous!!

Vicky said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

My little ones are always fascinated by the flowers in our yard. I like how you have expended on that with some science skills. Vicky from www.messforless.net

Growing a Jeweled Rose said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a fun activity. Any toddler would love this! They get to create and destroy at the same time :)

K Magill said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That top picture is gorgeous!

tricia said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Very pretty! You should totally submit for the DailyBuzz Moms 9x9! It's all about May Flowers! :) beautiful post- nature is full of natural play things!

Gina said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love this hands on exploration! Pulling things apart and using all of the senses helps kids really understand simple objects they see everyday! :)

Trisha @ Inspiration Laboratories said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I agree with K Magill - Your photo is gorgeous! And I love the science lesson. Flowers are fun to learn about and explore. :)

The Iowa Farmer's Wife said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a great post and what fun to explore all the parts! I too love that top photo!

Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

My daughter is always picking flowers and I love the idea of dissecting flowers. We will be doing this to day...thanks for the inspiration. The neighbor kids will love it too. It is something kids are not usually allowed to do so it makes it more intriguing.

MaryAnne K said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love all the different ways she explored these flowers!

Thank you for linking up to Learning Laboratory at Mama Smiles =)

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