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Plant Activities To Do With Your Preschooler

Plant Activities For Preschoolers

Picture this: tiny hands covered in soil, eyes wide with wonder, and a smile that radiates pure delight. Welcome to the world of plant activities for preschoolers!

 

In this blog post, we’re diving headfirst into the magical realm of greenery, where your curious preschooler can explore, discover, and grow alongside the wonders of nature.

 

From planting their first seeds to creating their own plant crafts, we’ve crafted a collection of hands-on activities that will not only keep your kids engaged, but get them excited about the earth around them!

 

Here are 25 plant activities for your preschooler. Let’s get started!

 

Art & Creativity     

Flower Stamping

Supplies Needed:

Paper, ink pad/paint, flowers

How-to Guide:

Start laying out a piece of paper and getting your ink pad ready (you can use paint if desired). Take a flower and press the petals into the ink. Now you can press your flowers on the paper to reveal different petal designs!

 

Painting with Nature     

Supplies Needed:

Nature elements, paint paper

How-to Guide:

Go outside and collect grass, flowers, sticks, or rocks. Use these materials to paint on paper. Notice the different designs each material leaves on the paper. 

 

Suncatchers 

Supplies Needed:

Tissue paper, contact paper

How-to Guide:

Have your child rip up several sheets of different colored tissue paper (this is a fun activity in and of itself). Then, stick the ripped pieces onto the sticky side of contact paper. You can cut the contact paper out in different shapes, or I like to have a template that the children stick the tissue paper around. After the tissue paper has been applied, you can stick the contact paper to a window to reveal your homemade suncatcher! 

 

Wind Chimes

Supplies Needed:

Yarn, small plastic cups, decorated paper, branch

How-to Guide:

Using string or yarn, attach small plastic cups, decorated paper, or other objects to a larger branch. Hang the branch outside where it can catch a breeze. 

 

Chalk Garden

Supplies Needed:

Chalk

How-to Guide:

Have some fun with chalk and see what different nature elements you can draw! 

 

STEM

Seed Planting

Supplies Needed:

Seeds, container, dirt, water

How-to Guide:

Pick out several seeds that you would like to grow. Help your child plant them in a planter, the garden, or for added learning, in a clear container. Care for the seed as directed and watch your plants grow!

 

Tree Bark Rubbings

Supplies Needed:

Paper, pencils, crayons, chalk, paper, trees

How-to Guide:

Collect some paper, pencils, crayons, and/or chalk and go outside. Choose a tree and hold a piece of paper against the trunk. Using a pencil, crayon, or some chalk, rub it on the paper and see the different textures that come from the tree bark! 

 

Chlorophyll Painting

Supplies Needed:

Leaves, paper

How-to Guide:

Collect several different leaves from outside. Lay out a piece of paper and choose a leaf to use. Rub the leaf across the paper to “paint” the paper green!

 

Rain Sticks

Supplies Needed:

Aluminum foil, wooden spoon, paper towel roll, decorated paper, tape, rice

How-to Guide:

You will start by crumpling and rolling some aluminum foil around a wooden spoon. Take the coiled aluminum foil and insert it into a toilet paper or paper towel roll. You can have your child color and decorate a piece of paper that you can wrap around the toilet paper roll, or directly decorate the roll. Make sure to seal the bottom of the roll with some of the decorated paper and some tape. Add your desired amount of rice or dry beans to the roll. Seal the top and you are all done! 

 

Dyeing Flowers

Supplies Needed:

White flowers, vase, water, food coloring

How-to Guide:

Pick out some white flowers and put them in a vase filled with water. Add some food coloring to the water. Over the next several days, watch the color creep up and dye the white flower petals. 

 

Gross Motor

Garden Hop 

Supplies Needed:

Chalk

How-to Guide:

Using chalk, draw some large flowers, plants, bugs, or the sun. Call out an object and have your child jump from drawing to drawing!

 

Bumblebee Red Light, Green Light

Supplies Needed:

Your running feet

How-to Guide:

Play red light, green light, but pretend the caller is a flower, and everyone else is a bumblebee trying to get to the flower!

 

Wheelbarrow Tape Walk

Supplies Needed:

Chalk/painter’s tape

How-to Guide:

Tape a line along the floor, or draw a line with chalk outside. It doesn’t have to be straight! Hold your child’s legs so that they are on their hands, and have the “walk” along the line!

 

Fine Motor

Sticky Sensory Garden

Supplies Needed:

Nature elements, contact paper

How-to Guide:

Go outside and collect small nature elements such as flowers, grass, leaves, or sticks. Back inside, stick the collected nature elements to the sticky side of clear contact paper. After you have finished, attach the contact paper to a window to view your sensory garden! 

 

Seed Sorting

Supplies Needed:

Different seeds, kid tweezers

How-to Guide:

Combine several different kinds of seeds into a dish. Give your child kid-friendly tweezers and have them sort the different seeds. 

 

Flower Dome Bouquet

Supplies Needed:

Flowers, colander

How-to Guide:

You can either use real flowers (with skinny stems) or fake flowers for this activity. Turn a colander upside down so it is a dome. Have your child “plant” the flower stems into the different holes to make a bouquet!

 

Apple Stamps

Supplies Needed:

Apple, knife, paint, paper

How-to Guide:

Cut an apple in half and give it to your child. Dip the apple into the paint, and then stamp the apple onto some paper. 

 

Snap Pea Excavation

Supplies Needed:

Snap peas, tray, kid tweezers

How-to Guide:

Pour out snap peas onto a tray. Have your child open the pea pods and have them pull out all the peas using their fingers or tweezers. 

 

Social-Emotional

Nature Walk

Supplies Needed:

The Great Outdoors

How-to Guide:

Go outside on a nature walk and see what different plants and seeds you can discover!

 

Pinwheels 

Supplies Needed:

Paper, scissors, hot glue, craft stick

How-to Guide:

Cut a piece of paper so it is square. Cut each corner towards the middle of the paper, stopping a ½ inch – 1 inch before you reach the middle. Fold each of the diagonal cuts over itself, lining up the edges, and glue. Put a dab of hot glue on the back, in the middle of your pinwheel. Stick a straw or craft stick to the hot glue. Blow on the pinwheel and watch it spin! 

 

Soil Sensory Bin

Supplies Needed:

Large bin, dirt, seeds, rocks, toy bugs, scoops

How-to Guide:

Pour some dirt into a large bin. Mix in some seeds, rocks, toy bugs, etc. Give your child a shovel or other scoops to dig around in the sensory bin!

 

Bugs In Playdough

Supplies Needed:

Flour, salt, oil, cream of tartar, hot water, food coloring

How-to Guide:

Have your child help you measure out 3 cups of flour, 1 cup and 2 tablespoons of salt, 3-4 tablespoons of oil, 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar, 3 cups of hot water, and your favorite food coloring. Mix together to make playdough! Add some toy bugs and enjoy!

 

Garden Sensory Bottles

Supplies Needed:

Disposable plastic bottle, dirt, glitter, marbles, sequins, sticks, flowers

How-to Guide:

You can use any empty disposable water bottle for this activity (preferably something made from sturdier plastic). Fill the bottles with any sort of different materials: dirt, beans, seeds, water, oil, rice, glitter, marbles, small toys, sequins, beads, etc. Add different natural elements to the bottle. Make sure to secure the lid to the bottle well using hot glue. 

 

Language & Literacy 

Flower Match

Supplies Needed:

Colored paper, pencil, scissors

How-to Guide:

Cut out several flowers using different colored paper. Get two flowers that are the same color. On one flower write an uppercase letter and on the second flower write a lowercase letter. You can do this with all the letters in the alphabet, the letters in your child’s name, or just a bunch of random letters. Mix up all the lettered flowers and have your child match the upper and lower case letters together!

 

Flower Petal Names

Supplies Needed:

Paper, pencil, white glue, flower petals

How-to Guide:

Write your child’s name in large letters on a piece of paper. Have your child trace the first letter of their name with white glue. Pick the petals off of a flower and attach the petals to the glue. After your child finishes the first letter, move on to the next and then the next until their whole name is finished and outlined with flower petals!

 

 

These plant activities are valuable learning experiences that foster curiosity, patience, and a deep appreciation for the environment!

 

Whether you’re digging in the garden, crafting with leaves, or simply observing the beauty of a blooming flower, you’re nurturing your child’s love for all things green and growing.

 

So, the next time you step outside with your preschooler, consider bringing some of these plant-inspired activities into your routine.

 

Let their tiny hands get dirty, allow their imaginations to flourish, and watch as their understanding of the natural world blossoms.

 

Here is the Plants Preschool Lesson Plan if you want to follow along:

Plant Activities For Preschoolers
Plant Preschool Lesson Plan

 

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Hello! I’m Tess, a preschool teacher turned mom, and I love discovering and creating fun ways to keep kids engaged and learning! Welcome!

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