The perfect long lasting flowers for counting, sorting, patterning and so much more!
These printable flowers are the perfect solution for when you don't have any fresh or pressed flowers available. Not only are the pretty, they also open up many possibilities for play and learning through play! My girls have enjoyed using them in a range of ways so far.
*These play ideas contain small parts which are a choking hazard for small children. They are recommended for children ages 3+. Please always supervise all play.
Read on to find out how we have used these beautiful flowers and to find out how to get your own FREE copy...
Small World Play with Magnetic Tiles
A fun and pretty way to play with the flower cutouts, is to use them for small world play! Here we used our clear Connetix magnetic tiles to make a flowery small world backdrop (inspired by @playinginstyle and @a.playful.day on Instagram who both used pressed flowers between clear magnetic tiles).
The flower were also used to make pretty flower houses and stepping stones for the Grapat Nins.
This small world looked so beautiful in the sunlight and the flowers added an extra special touch.
Sorting the Flowers
The different types of flowers offer multiple opportunities for sorting, which is an important early mathematical skill to develop. It allows children to observe how things are similar and different and work on their problem solving skills.
Some ways the flowers can be sorted:
By size e.g. small, big
Order by size from smallest to biggest (print out the flowers at different sizes).
Another fun way these printable flowers can be used is for making patterns. Simple print a range of the different flowers and enjoy pattern making. You can set up some examples for your child or just leave them for them to explore themselves.
For Counting Numbers to 10
Add in some number cards or discs, a dice or tens frame to encourage counting with the flower cutouts.
Addition and Subtraction
Using the flower cutouts and some dice is a fun way to work on addition and subtraction.
Addition - Using 1 or 2 dice, roll and add the two numbers together. Use the flowers to work out the answer.
Subtraction - Fill a tens frame with the flowers. Roll the dice and subtract the number. How many flowers are left?
Flower Playdough Invitation
A fun play idea using the flower cutouts that is also a great way to work on developing hand strength and fine motor skills.
The flower cutouts
Playdough scissors (normal scissors would work too)
Ways to play:
Roll stems using the green playdough.
Add the flower cutouts on the top.
Once you have made a garden you can use the scissors to practice cutting the stems!
Cutting the playdough stems into pieces is great cutting practice!
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