I’m lucky that I get flowers around Mother’s Day each year. And I often share Mother’s Day with my wedding anniversary. This year, my husband and I celebrated our 40th anniversary on Mother’s Day weekend!
I hate to throw away my flowers once they get old, so I’ve discovered ways to use them for Montessori-inspired activities. Today, I want to share an after Mother’s Day flower petal transfer activity that can be adapted for toddlers or preschoolers. It’s perfect for after Mother’s Day, your birthday, Valentine’s Day, or your anniversary … any time you have roses.
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Preparing and Demonstrating a Montessori-Inspired Flower Petal Transfer Activity
Rose Petals from Flowers Getting Old (Note: for toddlers especially, be sure your flowers are non-toxic.)
Toast Tong from Montessori Services (for preschoolers)
Young children will typically start Montessori practical life transferring activities by transferring dry objects from one bowl to another using only the hand. What better objects to use than flower petals?! This tray was super simple to prepare. I just had to remove some of the rose petals from my roses and place them in one of the glass bowls on the tray. (You could have your toddler or preschooler help you remove the petals, too.)
First, I demonstrated the activity for my 18-month-old granddaughter, Zoey. I felt and smelled the rose petals. Then I used slow motions to show Zoey how to move the rose petals by hand from one bowl to the other. This activity is super simple but a great activity for coordination and concentration.
Zoey loved smelling, feeling, and transferring the rose petals. She’s especially enjoyed smelling things since our fruit matching and tasting activity (which included lots of smelling).
For a preschooler who’s already worked with transferring by hand, you could add some sort of tong. I placed a wooden toast tong on the tray pictured above because it seemed like a gentle tool to use with rose petals.
For an activity another day, I used a larger number of rose petals with a variety of glass vases. I simply let Zoey transfer the rose petals from vase to vase. If you have extra rose petals, it helps to reserve some of your flowers until the second day. I like my rose petals to be soft and relatively fresh, so I like to leave some on their stems until they’re used.
I also have ideas for creating a rose petal treasure basket, sensory bin, and sensory bottle for toddlers.
For preschoolers, I have a post on how to make rose petal perfume.
Have you found a way to use your old Mother’s Day flowers?
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