We’re having fun learning about nature and reinforcing relevant vocabulary about flowers! A couple months ago, we learned about the parts of a flower with dot stickers and the Montessori Parts of a Flower puzzle. Last week, my 4.5-year-old daughter and I reviewed a couple of the Chinese characters to make sure we didn’t forget them, and we also learned the words in English! We used roses from her recent dance recital to study the parts of each flower, and we also used different flowers from our yard. Then we made Flower Sensory Bottles!
This nature literacy activity is great for toddlers and elementary school children. Although my 21-month-old is not participating in the literacy aspect of the activity, he absolutely enjoyed the hands-on exploration! Both kids had fun feeling the different textures of the soft petals, rough leaves, stick pollen, and firm stem. They also saw how the different flower parts interact with water. Some petals changed the water’s color, and different parts move faster in water compared to others! This post has lots of pictures plus a video at the end!
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- 花瓣 (Huābàn / flower petal)
- 花粉 (Huāfěn / pollen)
- 茎/莖 (Jīng / Stem)
- 萼片 (Èpiàn / Sepal)
- 叶/葉 (Yè / Leaf)
For this learning activity, we referenced the Gail Gibbons book “From Seed to plant 种子是如何长成植物的” which is available in simplified Chinese at TaoBao and China Sprout. This Montessori-friendly book is originally written in English and can be found on Amazon.
What you need to make Flower Sensory Bottles:
- Voss water bottles – they are so pretty, and the label peels off easily compared to other bottles!
- Fresh flowers and leaves
- Painter’s tape
- Index cards
- Optional: Tray for organization – we love using this tray for sensory activities!
How to set up Flower Sensory Bottles:
- Write words on index card
- Sort flower parts according to the name on the index card
- Write words on painter’s tape; label each bottle
- Place a few petals, leaves, etc in each water bottle
- Add water to top of bottle
- Close cap tightly!
- Let your child observe the bottle, discuss findings, and then wait and see what happens after a few days!
Here are pictures of the first set of Flower Sensory Bottles that we made!
Then my daughter filled the bottles. She enjoyed shaking them when they were dry!
I wish I captured a “before” picture with the flowers in water, but after only 2 days, the bottle with the magenta bougainvillea completely took on the flower color! The leaves also began to sink!
Video of the Flower Sensory Bottles
Here is a look at the second set of flower sensory bottles in action!
We have had this second set of Flower Sensory Bottles for a few days, but the roses are acting totally different than the prior set of flowers! The water is still clear and each element is still afloat! Only the petals are beginning to brown due to lack of oxygen.
With the leftover flower petals, the kids had fun with imaginative play! We put the extra petals in a mixing bowl, and they used the stem and branches to swirl is around. Both kids had a blast pretending to cook up a meal for me and my husband!
If you make Flower Sensory Bottles, please let us know! Leave a comment and don’t forget to tag @CHALKAcademy on Instagram and Facebook! We love to see how other families do educational activities! Activities help both my daughter and I learn and retain many important Chinese characters while having fun!
Here are more fun, hands-on, nature literacy activities!
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- Parts of a Flower Dot Sticker Sight Word Matching Activity
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- Water Painting Chalk Raindrops – Sight Word Activity
- Who Likes Rain? Book Review & Bottle Cap Raindrops Craft!
- 小星星 Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star in Chinese – Constellation Sticker Activity!
- Autumn Leaf Painting & Chinese Literacy
- Writing Chinese With Fall Leaves
- It’s Raining Paint!
- Sun & Moon Paper Roll Paint Stamp
- Writing at the Beach
- Decorating 花 with Flowers
- Learning About 雨滴 with Raindrop Stickers
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