Early Learning Counting with Flowers
When it comes to hands on, creative learning activities; this one was a definite hit. If you've got a preschooler who is showing an interest in numbers and counting, this 'learning with nature' early learning counting activity is perfect.
Asides from the flower scavenger hunt, the only preparation I needed to do for the activity was make some number discs; which I did so out of yellow paper and stencils. This was a lovely outdoor indoor learning experience that not only offered counting practice; but some fine motor practice too.
This can be done at any time of year really but since it's almost spring here; the abundance of flowers around our garden, park areas and walkways makes for an easy preparation activity. Start with a flower scavenger hunt around your garden or local park areas. The rhododendrons are out in full force at one of our local playgrounds. We headed out to collect some. There were so many on the ground and we chose the best of those but of course I did let our adventurous tree climbing wild child choose a perfect one that she spotted higher up on the tree.
The counting activity arose because her younger sister is showing an interest in numbers and really loves to show us how clever she is by counting to 10. She doesn't recognize all the numbers yet, and we're not too worried about focusing on this as she's not even 4 yet. However, she is a complete lover of paper and glue activities; so I thought this activity covered lots of bases and gave her an oppotunity to impress me with her counting skills.
Older children who have already grasped the ability to recognise numbers and count with no help, will be able to do this activity with no supervision. With our younger learner however, I sat with her and told her what the number was; although she did recognize some without help. Once she knew the number, she happily, and without help, carefully pulled petals from the flower, glued them and pressed them onto the paper around the number disc. It was a joy to watch her use some fine motor muscles in her little hands as she picked the petals and pressed them onto the paper.