Spring Flower Hunt with Preschoolers
When my daughter smells a flower she buries her entire nose in the bloom and inhales with her entire body. We are walking around the garden and she has taken such a whiff of each variety of flower. After each long sniff, she stands back with a relaxed smile on her face and smiles. This girl loves flowers.
In fact, both of my twins have been interested in flowers since our Spring planting adventures which I suppose is how we ended up hunting for flowers.
We went monthly to the free kids event at the Mississippi Art Museum during our two years near Jackson and it wasn't until that last summer that I thought to spend some time in the beautiful gardens in front of the museum.
Every week my kids lagged behind me sniffing flowers and every week I hurried them along with visions of naptime and a cup of tea in my head. Sometimes I need to remind myself to take a breath and pay attention to what they are trying to tell me.
I'd love to say that I am getting better at noticing these moments for what they are, but truthfully it usually takes me a few impatient days to get the drift.
All of a sudden it dawns on me - if we came early and really took our time looking at the flowers....
The flowers are beautiful and especially at that time of year. Almost everything was in bloom and you start to feel like you are in a field of wild flowers until you look up and realize, wait - I'm in the middle of downtown Jackson.
At first we walked around. My daughter really likes to smell flowers so she had to sniff each kind. Then she asked to draw in her sketch book so I got them out and they both sat down to draw.
They talked as they drew about the parts of the flowers.
They noticed the colors and the differences.
I love hearing their insights. These slow moments help me think. I brainstorm other ways to visit flowers, times we could return to these, or ways to revisit their drawings as well.
The Bambini Field Guide inspires simple adventures with young children.
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Beyond flower hunting and garden visiting, I also think about other ways to extend their interest:
*make the sketch books available when we go outside in our garden and see if they feel inspired to draw again
*print pictures of the flowers and set up an invitation to paint
*make a copy of their sketch and see if they want to add color with colored pencils or watercolors
Visit a Garden Center and Do Some Planting from Bambini Travel
Counting to 20 with Loose Parts - using flowers from Bambini Travel
Flowers Around the World Worksheet from Schooling a Monkey
Wildflower Adaptation Activities from FrogMom
Children's Picture Books about Flowers from The Jenny Evolution
Wildflower Lemonade from FrogMom
Lavendar Cake with Honeyed Ricotta from The Jenny Evolution
Nature Study with Wildflowers from The Usual Mayhem
Collect a Rainbow of Flowers and Sort by Color from Bambini Travel
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