Growing Flowers

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Skill: Balance

10 minutes

Requirements

  • Floor space or open space outdoors
  • Music (optional)

Instructions

  1. Have your child find an open space on the floor or ground.
  2. Tell your child to crouch into a ball (“seed”).
  3. Tell your child to start “growing” like a flower. Rise up slowly and reach out with arms as if sprouting.
  4. Try different plant “actions”:

    The wind blows: sway and wave arms

    Plant gets thirsty: droop over forward

    Nighttime comes: close arms like petals closing

    The sun comes out: stretch arms upward

    Winter comes: crumble to ground

  5. Repeat as a different kind of flower, bush or tree.

Variations

  • If you have a group, some children can be gardeners who walk around and “water” the flowers – they must make sure the flowers continue to grow – the children who are flowers should bend if they go too long without water

Benefits

This activity develops coordination and balance as kids try to imagine and imitate the movement of a flower as it grows and blossoms.

Suggested Age3-6 years