Gardening has been a popular theme with my 3-year-old granddaughter lately. So I wanted to extend our gardening activities with Spielgaben educational toys. I found lots of hands-on flower activities to choose from!
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In case you’re not familiar with Spielgaben toys, they are exceptionally high-quality educational toys designed for ages 3-12. You can see from the photo that the cabinet is very high quality and fits in well in a room with traditional Montessori materials. I love the new, easily removable drawers in version 4.
The Spielgaben complete set comes with over 700 pages of full-color printed learning materials. These printed materials help you as a parent or teacher easily use Spielgaben toys educationally with your child and/or students.
Note: The yarn balls in set 1 are fine for babies and toddlers. The other sets should only be used with ages 3 and older unless your toddler no longer mouths objects or you are constantly supervising your toddler during an activity using the materials.
Spielgaben Materials Used in This Post
For this post, I used a variety of materials that come with the complete Spielgaben set.
Montessori-Inspired Flower Activities with Spielgaben
Life Cycle of a Flower
This isn’t an activity that you’d expect a 3 year old to complete alone, but it’s great as an activity you do together with a 3 year old. Of course, it works well with older preschoolers and children who can read.
My granddaughter, Zoey, and I did preliminary work with the book From Seed to Plant by Ruth Heller and Safari Ltd. Life Cycle of a Green Bean Plant. I’ve been surprised that Zoey loves the Ruth Heller book, but she’s asked to read it a number of times. She requested that we use the Safari Ltd. Life Cycle of a Green Bean Plant materials along with the Spielgaben life cycle of a flower activity. The green bean figures weren’t essential for the activity but ended up being a perfect introduction. Zoey placed the figures in order, and then we talked about how green bean plants produce flowers, too.
Because Zoey is just 3 years old, we did the activity together. After our preliminary work, we built the flower step by step as we discussed what was happening in each step. The page is a fun, hands-on way to reinforce the life cycle of a flower and what a flower needs to grow.
Zoey really enjoyed this work.
She was especially proud after completing each step of the process with the addition of the sun at the end!
Making Flowers with Wooden Shapes
I used a a Multicraft tray and Montessori Services basket along with Spielgaben wooden shapes and the Flowers Object Recognition from the Spielgaben Workbook Year K. There were two flowers on the page, but I cut them apart to make two separate cards. The child wouldn’t need to write the answers, but the questions are helpful ideas. This is a great way to extend Montessori geometric shape work. This would be a good activity for preschoolers, kindergartners, and even early elementary.
Flower Making Activity
For this activity, I used a a Multicraft tray and two Montessori Services baskets along with a variety of the Spielgaben materials and a Spielgaben nature card. (Note: There are a few different flower cards available in the nature cards.)
All of these activities are wonderful for a child’s visual discrimination skills. This is another activity that can be used for a variety of ages, especially older preschoolers on up. For preschoolers, I have the exact materials needed to complete the designs in the baskets. Older children could find all the materials themselves.
There are more flower activities available in the printed materials that come with the Spielgaben set, too!
You’ll also see more Spielgaben flower activities in my previous “Quick and Easy Spielgaben Activity Bags” and “Montessori-Inspired Spring Activities with Spielgaben.”
All My Spielgaben Posts
Many of these include links to free printables! (Click on an image to go to the related blog post. The gallery is ordered according to publication date with my latest post at the top.)
Version 4 of Spielgaben Educational Toys
I highly recommend Spielgaben as an amazing educational material for home or school. Even though the toys aren’t inexpensive, they’re definitely worth the price because of the high quality of materials and number of years your children or students can use them.
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