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 kiddo busy, but it also helps her to develop new skills.
Learning and Development
What abilities can this flower-themed activity 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
- A marker
- Blue construction paper
- Small paper cups
- Optional: A hole punch and green pipe cleaners
How To Craft the Spring Flower Activity
- Draw flower heads onto different felt colors. Your child can make a variety of sizes and shapes. She can make free-form bumpy or curved flowers. Or, she can make ovals and circles that she can piece together.
- Cut the flower heads out.
- Cut thin stems from the green craft felt. Your child can make long, slim rectangles. She can also cut green ovals, making leaves.
- Shred the blue paper into small pieces. Your child 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 the Spring Busy Bag
Now it’s time to make those flowers grow! Or, at least, make the flowers. Start with a seed. Give your child the craft felt seed and the paper cup. She can fill the cup with ‘water’ with the blue confetti that she cut from the paper.
Help your child to learn about the growing cycle by having her pretend to water the seed by pouring the blue paper on it. Next, the seed can start to grow. Your child can create her own flower using the cut felt. She can put together a flower head, stem and leaves.
Encourage your child to get creative. Ask her to create patterns with different colored flowers or layer the flower heads, making new shapes. She can design her own spring garden or make a whimsical display of rainbow-hued plants!
Get into science and create a flower life cycle. Leave the seed and water on your child’s 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.
If you’re looking for even more fine motor fun, help your child to punch holes at the bottom of the flower head shapes. She can thread a pipe cleaner through each hole and twist it at the top to make bendable stems. Link the flowers together, creating a spring-themed bracelet that she can take apart and put together as many times as she wants.
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