Flower Garden Math

Thursday, May 17, 2012

flower garden math

This flower garden math activity introduces preschoolers to geometric concepts through art and play.

Materials



flower garden math
  • foam cut in flower shapes or two dimensional flower stickers
  • flat blocks, craft sticks, or foam cut in rectangular strips
  • contact paper taped to easel, window, or wall sticky side facing out

Flower Garden Math Activity

flower garden math
  1. Prepare materials.
  2. Place materials out for play.
  3. Suggest that we are going to make a flower garden with planter beds.
  4. Depending on your teaching method,  allow the child to explore materials on own or you can model how to create a flower garden.
  5. All the materials can stick onto the contact paper.  Thank you to Mama Smiles for showing how to use blocks on contact paper.  
  6. Planter beds for the flowers are built out of the blocks or sticks, and flowers are planted inside the boxes.  
  7. Flowers can be placed first and planter beds can be built around the flowers.  
  8. Or child can create his own unique masterpiece.

Math Discussion Ideas

flower garden math
  • How many flowers fit inside this planter? (Area and Counting)
  • Do more small or large flowers fit inside this planter?  (Area)
  • How many sticks are used to make this garden bed? (Perimeter)
  • How can we make this bed larger to make room for more flowers? (Geometry, Problem Solving)
  • Show me the smallest and largest planter beds your can make? How many flowers fit in those? (Geometry, Problem Solving)
  • Which bed has the most/least flowers?  How can it fit so many flowers? (Comparison, Counting, Geometry)
Another fun idea would be to do this same activity but create a vegetable garden.  Make sure to allow your child time to explore and play with the materials on his own terms, too.

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7 comments:

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

My two year old loves flowers - we'll have to try this!

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

The flowers in the window make this an even more engaging idea for math!

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

I love this! What a beautiful learning activity.

Jackie H. said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is a great example of infusing the learning into the play. I love that it involved higher level thinking too! Great post.

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

This is a lovely, playful learning activity! Thanks for sharing with the afterschool blog hop =)

Kim @ The Educators Spin On It said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You just inspired me to create some Fact Family flowers too for my soon to be first grader, love this idea! Thanks for sharing on the Afterschool Blog Hop!

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

apparently I need to get some contact paper! Fun!

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