Flowers in Styrofoam: fine motor activity

Credit for this idea goes to my two year old!  She has been "planting" the flowers into these styrofoam-filled pots on her own for a couple weeks now (ever since we had them out for our word flowers).  As I watched her "planting," I realized what a great fine motor activity this is!  So I made up a tray as an invitation for both her and her to "plant" flowers and strengthen those small muscles during "school" time.

You can get flowers imbedded in styrofoam "soil" at most dollar stores.  Obviously, removing the flowers also reveals all the white styrofoam underneath the top layer.  If you want it to look a little nicer, you could also get green floral foam (at any craft store) and put it inside a terra cotta pot or small planter, then have the little ones plant dollar store flowers into that.   I planned on removing all the styrofoam from ours and using the little pots for something else.  Had I known that we would end up making this an activity, I would have removed the flowers more carefully... or at least painted the white areas to match.  But like many things around here, this was kind of an impromptu activity.  The kids don't mind a bit though, it only bothers me.  

Corinne spent so much time planting and arranging flowers. :)  And since we're all about "finding the teachable moments" here, she also named the colors and counted the flowers she planted.  Wish I would have seen this cute Spring Flower Math Game from Fun-a-Day before we did this- it would have been perfect for my my preschooler!  I think we'll have to leave the tray out try it next week. 

So simple, yet it promotes a variety of beneficial objectives:  fine motor skills, creativity,  and math concepts-- and it was all her idea! :)

More flowery ideas we've tried:

See my Spring Pinterest Board for even more seasonal ideas!

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  1. What a wonderful idea! I've been meaning to do some springtime flower arranging with my son, but I think for his age, the foam would make things a lot easier for him!

    1. Thanks Nicole! My daughter loved it, I'm sure your little guy will too! :)

  2. what a fun idea! My little girl will love this activity.

  3. Great idea for spring, Tanya! Thanks so much for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and pinned it to my Gardening/Botany Unit Study Board at http://pinterest.com/debchitwood/gardening-botany-unit-study/

  4. Lovely and fun activity, Tanya! :) Great way to "sneak in" the fine motor fun too. Thanks for sharing at Stress-Free Sunday! I hope you'll come by tomorrow and share some of your week's favorite posts.

  5. I found this post through an old Kids Co-op linky so shall be featuring it this week on my blog :)



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