Flower arranging is the perfect fine motor activity to get the whole family excited about spring. Invite your child or children to hone their pincer grip while beautifying the home with fresh bouquets! Here are the materials you’ll need and some tips for presenting the activity to your child.
Flower Arranging Materials
- Fresh flowers (easy to cut stems a plus)
- Small vase or glass canning jar
- Sponge or towel to wipe up spills
Step by Step
- Ask your child if they would like to join you to arrange flowers. Explain that you’re going to use a scissors to cut the stems of the flowers, then arrange them in the vase.
- If your child has access to a sink, allow them to fill each vase about halfway up with water. Ask them to carefully carry the vase with two hands back to your flower station.
- To cut the stems, first hold up your flower upright next to your vase to determine how much you’d like to cut off. Show your child the first time around, then let them go for it.
- When you have all of your flowers trimmed, let your child express some creativity by arranging the bouquets by themselves. This also allows them to use a pincer grip for fine motor practice: Carefully using the pointer finger and thumb to manipulate the flowers by the stem is great practice!
Once you have as many arrangements as you’d like to make, ask your child where he or she would like to display them. Remind your child how they are contributing to their home environment, “These flowers are helping to make our home beautiful, you did it!”
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