The weather is warming up, and a new season is on the horizon. Celebrate it with a spring busy bag! Not only does this awesomely easy idea keep your toddlers busy, but it also helps them to develop new skills.
What abilities can this flower-themed busy bag help your little learner build?
- Fine motor skills (such as eye-hand coordination and dexterity)
- Color recognition
- Math (geometry and patterns)
- Science (parts of the flower and weather)
- Problem-solving and critical-thinking skills
- Understanding part to whole relationship
Flower Busy Bag Materials
To make this crafty kids’ creation you’ll need:
- Craft felt in several different springtime colors, make sure to include green
- Blue construction paper
- Small paper cups
- Optional: A hole punch and green pipe cleaners
- zip-lock bag to store pieces
How To Craft the Spring Flower Activity
Draw flower heads onto different felt colors. Your children can make a variety of sizes and shapes. They can make free-form bumpy or curved flowers. Or, they can make ovals and circles that they can piece together.
Cut the flower heads out.
Cut thin stems from the green craft felt. Your children can make long, slim rectangles. They can also cut green ovals, making leaves.
Shred the blue paper into small pieces. Your children can either tear the paper or cut it.
Create mock seeds. Cut brown or another earthy color of felt into small circles or ovals.
Pack up everything into a baggie!
Using Spring Flower Busy Bag
Now it’s time to make those flowers grow! Or, at least, make the flowers. Start with a seed. Give your children the craft felt seed and the paper cup. They can fill the cup with ‘water’ with the blue confetti that they cut from the paper.
Help your children to learn about the growing cycle by having them pretend to water the seed by pouring the blue paper on it. Next, the seed can start to grow. Your children can create their own flower using the cut felt. They can put together a flower head, stem and leaves.
Encourage your child to get creative. Ask them to create patterns with different colored flowers or layer the flower heads, making new shapes. They can design their own spring garden or make a whimsical display of rainbow-hued plants!
Additional Idea – Create a Flower Life Cycle
Get into science and create a flower life cycle. Leave the seed and water on work surface. Cut a yellow sun out of craft felt. Add it next to the seed. Make a seedling (small-sized budding flower) to continue the life cycle. Finish it up with a full-grown flower. You can also read about flower life cycle in these books: The Amazing Life Cycle of Plants and The Tiny Seed.
If you’re looking for even more fine motor fun, help your children to punch holes at the bottom of the flower head shapes. They can thread a pipe cleaner through each hole and twist it at the top to make bendable stems.
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Erica is a mom, educator and parenting writer, with an MS in child development. When she’s not teaching, she’s busy creating kids’ activities for her blog Mini Monets and Mommies.