Isn't Botany great? You know what is even better? Learning botany along side kids! Last week we dove into exploring Part of a Flower with a few simply introductory activities. This week, we're diving a little bit deeper. Any activity that gets a child moving his hands, or his body in any way actually, is great for brain development and tuning skills, such as fine motor.
- Parts of a Flower Puzzle (Montessori Botany Puzzle )
- 1 Sheet of White paper
- Red, Yellow and Green Colored Pencils
Before I presented the tray to my son, I traced the Montessori Parts of the Flower Botany Puzzle onto a clean sheet of white paper. You can have your child do this tracing too. My son asked me why I did it myself. So, from here on out, he will do the tracing of the puzzles.
I presented him a tray with the “coloring sheet”, three Colored Pencils and the botany puzzle so that he could move from left to right (reading and writing preparation). The first thing he did was to place the parts of the flower onto the traced coloring page explaining to his younger brother the various parts as he placed the parts in their appropriate area of the puzzle template. His eyes immediately saw to take that step whereas I was going to sprint right by it. Then he placed the pieces back into the puzzle template and began coloring.
This Montessori Parts of a Flower activity is simple and involves multiple steps to truly get the child thinking about the parts of a flower. I like the tracing integration because this act really helps to work fine motor skills and writing preparation. In the end, you will have a sweet color pencil art piece of the Parts of the Flower puzzle. The next step will involve free hand drawing of the puzzle.
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