We had so much fun learning at home with all the Garden theme learning activities and our Learning Shelf. Here’s a summary post of all the activities we did for this month. To read more about how we do learning at home with our theme based learning shelf, I encourage you to read our How HTS Works page first. To know why we do theme based learning, check out this page.
Garden Theme Learning Shelf
- Pinterest Idea Board: [theme] GARDEN
- Unique Hashtag on Instagram: #gardenhts
- Focus Book: Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert and From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons
This learning shelf and the activities are created for children of ages 3 years old to 6 years old. My son was 3 years 1 month old when I made this learning shelf for him. All the activities have been categorized into the six main learning areas (language, numeracy, motor skills, discovery of the world, arts & creative expression, social & emotional development) that I am focusing on for my children.
GARDEN THEME LEARNING ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOLERS (3 TO 6 YEARS OLD)
- Plant your Name Activity. My son matched the letters to his name as he planted the flowers in the flower pots. (language)
- We did a second variation of the Plant your Name Activity with play dough. Using the same flower sticks, my son matched the letters to the letters on the play dough. I imprinted the letters on the dough with letter beads. (language)
- Peg a Bee Counting Activity. The flower has a Velcro in the centre and my son chooses a number and sticks it on the flower centre. Then he pegs on the corresponding number of bees. (numeracy, motor skills)
- Leaves Counting Activity. My boy chose a number as the flower centre and stuck on the corresponding number of leaves. The leaves were cut out from a piece of green foam sticker. (numeracy, motor skills)
- Petals Counting Activity. This is a simple activity to do number matching. (numeracy)
- These cards with holes were leftover from cutting out some circles for another activity and they became the ‘flower beds’ for our flower pattern matching activity. To make the flower magnets, print out pictures of flowers in equal numbers and attach magnet on them. Then I placed the flowers in one of the flower beds and asked my son to create the same arrangement of flowers on the other flower bed. (numeracy)
- Invitation to Create Flowers with felt shapes cut outs. (arts & creative expression)
- Flower Parts Puzzle. Learn about flower parts with this printable. (discovery of the world)
GARDEN THEME CRAFT PROJECTS, EXPERIMENTS & SENSORY PLAY
- Flower dot painting invitation to create with flower stencils. This is an easy art activity for young children. (arts & creative expression)
- Make some beautiful coffee filter butterflies. Add some water color on coffee filter and let dry. Tie the centre with pipe cleaners. (arts & creative expression)
- Garden Sensory Bin using black beans as fillers, flower pots and gardening tools. (discovery of the world)
- Use everyday vegetables to make out a flower. This is a simple yet effective activity about the different parts of a plant. My son is fascinated to learn that some vegetables like broccoli and carrots were flowers and roots respectively.
- What better way to learn about plant growth than to grow some plant ourselves? I found these grass and flowers grow kits from a local store. My son planted the seeds. Everyday, he watered the soil and observed the flowers and grass grow. We talked about the conditions that are essential for his plants to grow and what happen at each phase of plant growth. (discovery of the world)
- Invitation to Create a Flower Potion. I set out some flowers and colorful pebbles and invited my children to make ‘flower potions’. The combination of things that float and sink added some interesting STEM discussion to this activity. (arts & creative expression, discover of the world)
- Make a Nature Collage with all the nature things you can find in your garden. (arts & creative expression)
- Gardening Pretend Play. I made a ‘garden’ at our sand pit using some fake flowers and provided the children with gardening tools. The children picked the fake flowers and ‘planted’ them in flower pots. (discovery of the world, arts & creative expression)
This is such a perfect theme to do during Spring. Need more theme based learning ideas? Be sure to check out the rest of our theme learning activities and shelf!