Flower challenge | Fine motor flower fun

Flower challenge | Fine motor flower fun

The folks over at Tinkerlab have given us a new challenge and today’s challenge was to do something with flowers…

For our science center, I set out some flowers that were definitely looking at their very last days along with a few pairs of kid tweezers, some magnifying glasses, and cardboard squares with laminating paper in the center (sticky boards)…

The children used the tweezers to pluck the petals from the flowers…

In the past, as you can see in this post, we used the parts of our flowers to create a flower collage on our sticky boards…

But for this activity – the focus was pretty much only on exploring the flower petals. The children spread the flower petals that they plucked off of the stem onto the sticky boards to look at through their magnifying glasses…

The children also used the large stand-alone magnifier to take a closer look at their flower petals…

A great way to combine scientific discovery and a little fine motor fun!

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  • Debs Posted June 4, 2012 6:10 am

    I just love your sticky boards. The cardboard frame is such a quick and easy idea that i’ll be using from now on. What a great exploration of flowers for the kids! 🙂

  • Brooke T Posted June 4, 2012 8:57 am

    A quick note to say…..if anyone would is looking for kid tweezers and magnifying glasses, the Dollar Tree (at least in Indiana) stores are carrying “bug hunt” materials right now! The sets I bought included both for $1. The project looks even more fun when it’s easy to find materials and you know they fit your budget. Thanks again to Deborah for providing the creative idea.

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted June 4, 2012 10:54 am

    Yes, I bought some of those recently and saved all the kid tweezers! They are wonderful! I am so glad you pointed this out!

  • Rachelle | TinkerLab Posted June 4, 2012 5:48 pm

    I love how you set this up, Deborah! And yes, I was thinking “I would love some kid tweezers and a fab magnifying glass like that.” Thanks for the suggestion, Brooke. And thank YOU, Deborah, for sharing this in the Creative Challenge. I’m constantly inspired by you.

  • Trisha @ Inspiration Laboratories Posted June 4, 2012 6:18 pm

    I love everything about this activity! Your setup was so inviting and the learning and exploring is wonderful. 🙂

  • School Sparks Renee Posted June 4, 2012 9:43 pm

    I love the idea of letting the kids use tweezers to pluck the petals on the flowers. So cute. Renee

  • Amber @ thecardboardcollective Posted June 5, 2012 3:51 pm

    I love that you put real tools in little people’s hands!

  • Amanda Posted June 10, 2012 11:52 am

    What a really lovely idea! Definitely one for both of my girls 🙂

  • ms. Rachel Posted June 25, 2012 9:53 pm

    Lovely ideas, 🙂

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