Friday, April 19, 2013

God Makes Flowers and Plants for Preschool

I wanted to do something about the life cycles for plants with this file folder game, and really wasn't sure how I was going to add that. I started with the right side first, because I wanted the flowers.
So, for the left side I added the life cycle. I used my craft knife and made slits, put 2 layers of Scotch tape on the back of the numbered dirt piles, and slid the tape through the slit. That created a lift-the-flap type design for each cycle. But, as I was doing it, I think if you are unsure about making the slits, you could just cut the dirt numbers out and let the kids learn number order also and just lay the dirt on each plant in order.
If you have the kids put the numbers in order, then you can work on numbers, colors,
God makes the rain, sun, plants, flowers, people, dirt & grass, etc. This is the finished inside with the rain and sun so you can discuss what the plants need. You can print the FFG here.
 I also made the lift-the-flap plant life cycle chart. I printed both pages on cardstock, and on the first page, I used my craft knife to make the slits to 'lift the flap'. I bent the flaps, and put glue around all the edges and carefully laid the top piece to the bottom to make the chart.
Click here to print the lift-the-flap Plant Life Cycle chart.
For a craft, I used the flower pattern from the FFG and printed the patterns on cardstock. I planned to print one pattern and use it to cut flowers out from craft foam, or you could even use felt... but my granddaughter loves to paint, so I decided to let her. Also, letting the younger toddler learn to paint is interesting, so after painting, I used Glitter Glue (or Tim Holtz Distress Stickles) for the sparkle. And, I let them add bee & butterfly stickers to the flowers.
 I cut them out and we glued them to the large craft sticks and they poked them into the pots with the floral foam I had left over from some other craft project.
 You can print the pattern for the flowers here.

I also found this at Hobby Lobby to use with this lesson about plant life cycles! I saw it first here and when I went looking for this one, I found the butterfly, frog and ladybug!
 
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26 comments:

  1. That looks like a fun spring activity.

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    1. Thanks for visiting! I will check out your blog and thanksfor the invite!

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  3. Oh, what a wonderful lesson!! Thank you for sharing on Sharing Saturday!

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  4. This is a really great resource. Thanks for sharing! Also, thanks for linking up at Tender Moments with Toddlers & Preschoolers.

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing! I have also added it to the Gardening Preschool Page at Itsy Bitsy Learners!!

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    1. Thanks so much for the comment! I REALLY appreciate you adding this to your gardening page! Thanks! Love your blog!

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  6. Love your stuff Deb. Found you on Itsy Bitsy Learners this week, but already follow you viaRSS and on Pinterest. I included your Alphabet Bible Character Coloring Pages on a list of 10 more alphabet coloring sets.

    http://teachinglittleonesathome.blogspot.com/2013/05/10-top-abc-colouring-pages-rides-again.html

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    1. Thanks so much! Thanks for adding the ABC coloring sheet to your blog list! I really appreciate it! And, I found someI didn't know about!

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  7. Thanks for sharing at Look What We Did. I featured your post today on Homeschool Review.

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  8. What a really resourceful post - thank you so much for sharing on the Spring Carnival

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  9. What wonderful ideas!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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  10. Thanks for the creative ideas, The play school kids will certainly love all this stuff.

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  11. I love the way you taught this with the plant life cycle. Thanks for sharing on the Thursday Blog Hop!

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  12. What a fun lesson for spring! Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week :)

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  13. Really creative ideas, and these ideas have lot of knowledge for kids. Thanks for sharing.

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