- foam cut in flower shapes or two dimensional flower stickers
- flat blocks, craft sticks, or foam cut in rectangular strips
- contact paper taped to easel, window, or wall sticky side facing out
Flower Garden Math Activity
- Prepare materials.
- Place materials out for play.
- Suggest that we are going to make a flower garden with planter beds.
- Depending on your teaching method, allow the child to explore materials on own or you can model how to create a flower garden.
- All the materials can stick onto the contact paper. Thank you to Mama Smiles for showing how to use blocks on contact paper.
- Planter beds for the flowers are built out of the blocks or sticks, and flowers are planted inside the boxes.
- Flowers can be placed first and planter beds can be built around the flowers.
- Or child can create his own unique masterpiece.
Math Discussion Ideas
- How many flowers fit inside this planter? (Area and Counting)
- Do more small or large flowers fit inside this planter? (Area)
- How many sticks are used to make this garden bed? (Perimeter)
- How can we make this bed larger to make room for more flowers? (Geometry, Problem Solving)
- Show me the smallest and largest planter beds your can make? How many flowers fit in those? (Geometry, Problem Solving)
- Which bed has the most/least flowers? How can it fit so many flowers? (Comparison, Counting, Geometry)
Another fun idea would be to do this same activity but create a vegetable garden. Make sure to allow your child time to explore and play with the materials on his own terms, too.
Other Math Activities from The Golden Gleam