This nature activity for kids is not only simple and beautiful, but it’s packed with opportunities for learning and fine and gross motor work! Kids will loving freeing the flowers from the tape and placing them in vases. Add some water to the vases and these mini flower arrangements can be enjoyed for days to come!
Believe it or not, this activity was inspired by a beautiful photoshoot set up from by talented friend Melissa over at Little x Little Photography. She had beautiful fresh flowers taped to the wall and I was immediately inspired to recreate it at home and turn it into an engaging and adorable kids activity!
We loved this activity so much! It’s so easy to set up and it kept my four year old busy for a long time. I knew this activity would be a hit when my son saw the nature invitation and said, “Wow! I like what you did with those flowers! They look so cool on the wall like that!” He was intrigued right away and ready for the challenge to free the flowers.
Ready to give it a try? Here’s what you’ll need…
- Masking tape
- Flowers- could be from a bouquet or fresh from the garden
- Little glass jars
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Here’s What We Did:
There really aren’t any steps to this activity. You just tape the flowers to the wall and set out some little vases. I didn’t put water in the vases just yet, I waited until my son was finished with the activity for that step.
You can introduce the activity by saying, “The flowers are taped to the wall, but need to get in the vases so we can give them some water! Can you try to free the flowers and put them in the vases?”
I promise, kids won’t be able to resist this invitation! Before I could say anything else, Leo was peeling the tape back and putting the flowers in the vases.
This is great fine motor work! As you can see, this requires children to make a pincer grasp when peeling the tape off of the wall. These stems are pretty flat, so peeling the tape off the wall was a bit of a challenge. My little preschooler’s hands got quite the workout by the time he finished the activity!
This is also great hand-eye coordination practice. Placing those little, thin stems in the tiny vases was more of a challenge than I expected!
The fact that the flowers are taped to a vertical surface makes this activity even more important!
This vertical surface activity, gives children the opportunity to:
- strengthen their gross motor muscles in their arms, back and shoulders when removing the tape
- work on bilateral coordination when using one hand to stabilize the flower stem and the other to tear the tape off the wall
- cross the midline when kids take the flowers off the wall and into a vase on the opposite side of the table
The little flowers and vases offer children the opportunity to work on color recognition, patterning, and sorting. Leo also asked me to identify the flowers!
Once he finished getting all of the flowers and leaves off the wall, he moved around the nature pieces until he was happy with his tiny arrangements! We added water to the vases and placed them around our home. They are the sweetest little decorations and a wonderful reminder of this fun activity!
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I hope you give this activity a try! I promise, your little nature lovers will love it as much as my boys.