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My parents and their farm have always been very important to my now-adult kids and me. It was exciting to see the same thing happen with my granddaughter in late June/early July. Not only did Zoey get to fall in love with their South Dakota farm at age 2½, but she created lots of special memories with her great-grandparents. One of memories was from a Montessori activity … cutting flowers and using a flower cutting tray.
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My mom grows lots of beautiful flowers on the farm, and she invited Zoey to cut some flowers for a flower arrangement. I thought of our nature cutting tray from this spring and asked if my mom had a tray we could use. My mom found a tray and some sharp scissors that were a good size for Zoey.
Zoey was excited to get started!
Our previous work with a cutting tray with strings of beads, cutting strip work, and work with a nature cutting tray helped Zoey feel successful with flower cutting.
(Note: In case you’re wondering, Zoey’s outfit is from Gymboree.)
Flower Cutting Tray
In the end, we had a beautiful tray of flowers ready for flower arranging.
More Nature Trays
(Note: For nature cutting trays, I often use a Multicraft tray, some Montessori Services baskets for whatever flowers and treasures we find, scissors for Zoey, and adult-size scissors for me.)
You can read about our first nature walk with nature cutting tray.
See my post with resources for our nature tray using some of the flowers from our first nature cutting tray!
The flower cutting tray is inspired by the nature cutting tray from Asia Citro’s book A Little Bit of Dirt (an awesome book)!
More Ideas for Scissor Cutting Skills
You’ll find many more Montessori-inspired ideas for working on scissor cutting skills in my roundup posts.
I have free themed cutting strips available as instant downloads.
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Carolyn Wilhelm says
This is so sweet! I am happy your family have such opportunities. Visiting farms provides a wide view of life, plants, and animals. Thank you for writing this!
Deb Chitwood says
Thanks for linking up, Carolyn … and thanks for your sweet comment! My parent’s farm has been such a gift for our whole family. 🙂