There’s something enchanting about flowers for children. I think it’s because they are so multi- sensory. They look amazing, smell good and feel nice in your hand. With each season, I try to encourage my girls to get out and about amongst nature. To appreciate how the seasons change the way the world looks and feels.
Summer is the perfect time to admire the bright, vibrant flowers!
Duckling is 17 months and I was able to use this opportunity for vocabulary development. Pointing out ‘flower’ , ‘purple’, ‘green’ . As well as a sensory activity, allowing her her hold a flower (without picking, in this instance) and feel the variety of textures. Smell a variety of flowers, and of course she attempted to taste them too!
Banana is four and we reinforced our knowledge of what flowers and plants need to grow as well as pointing out the different parts of the flower in order to develop scientific vocabulary (petal, stem, leaf, pollen, roots).
Next, we headed off to find some flowers that we could actually pick…a field of Daisies!
Again, Duckling loved the sensory side of things. Lying down, feeling the spiky grass on her tummy. Picking Daisies and Dandelions, smelling and tasting (!) them.
Banana tried her hand at making Daisy chains. Using all those tiny fine motor muscles on such a fiddly task. With a little help she was able to create a beautiful bracelet for herself and necklace for her sister, she was extremely proid of herself!
Overall, we had a really lovely morning at our local park enjoying the best of nature’s summer offerings. Free, local, educational and fun…Perfect! Another big fat tick on our mission to enjoy the summer!
You can see the rest of our Summer Bucket List HERE