Today we had fun making sensory bottles with parts of a flower!
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!
For this parts of a flower sensory bottle, we used roses from her recent dance recital to study the parts of each flower, and we also used different flowers from our yard.
I’ll show you how we made them, and the video at the end of the post shows how pretty they float around!
Parts of a Flower Sensory Bottles – A Nature Literacy Activity
Parts of a Flower Sensory Bottles is a nature literacy activity for toddlers and elementary school children.
This activity was also a wonderful activity that both of my children could do together!
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.
My children both 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!
I’m excited to share all of the pictures of the activity and hope you enjoy the above video!
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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)
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!
My daughter wanted to use our kiddie pool as her chair!
We propped the Gail Gibbons book on a book stand so that the flower anatomy page was visible.
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 parts of a flower sensory bottles
Take 2 – the second set of parts of a flower sensory bottles
The video this post shows a second set of Flower Sensory Bottles that we made.
However, 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.
Pretend play and sensory exploration for toddlers
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!
Have you made parts of a flower sensory bottles with your kids or students?
If you try this activity, please let us know in the comments below!
We’d love to hear about your learning experience!
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