Sensory Flower Petal Picture

May 1, 2012

Flower Petals can be extremely interesting for young children thanks to their varied shapes, sizes, perfumes, texture and wonderful colours. Delight their senses by letting them create a picture entirely out of petals.

First you'll need to collect some petals. This can be from your garden or those collected on a nature walk. (This can also be a good time to discuss how to and when you are allowed to, pick flowers!)

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 Paper glue is fine for gluing petals. You'll also need your petals and paper to create on. This was our only available colours of petals at this stage but as we have different coloured flowers come up depending on the season, we look forward to making something entirely different next time.

She stuck on and arranged all the petals she wanted for her picture and then created a pretty patterned flower petal border with the left overs

Handy Tips:

- Use this activity to talk about and further explore colours, patterns, textures, scents, nature, art etc

- Observe how the picture changes over time as the petals dry out.

- Extend this activity by also giving your child a black marker or fine liner to add detail to their picture. Try making things like petal bugs etc. by adding legs and other details with the pen.

-Ask questions to help connect their understanding and use vocabulary to give them words to describe what they're creating, eg. "What are you creating?" "Why did you arrange the petals like that?" "What do you think is going to happen to the petals over time?" "I love the pattern you've made" etc

- Listen to your child talk as they go through their experiences. This will help you determine where they are at with their learning, knowledge and understanding and help you to develop the activity (or future activities) to their level and interests.

Debs :)
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