This activity was born out of my imagination this past weekend. To be honest, during the time I was taking a break from the blog I was kind of going through Montessori block......like writer's block, you know? I knew I needed to get some new things on the shelves, but Easter had passed and I was kind of blank about what to pull together. The way I usually come up with new activities is by browsing through the stash of materials in my classroom (and I am blessed to have inherited a lot of materials), browsing dollar stores, and browsing thrift stores. I had seen a fun flower button board over at Chasing Cheerios and that idea was going through my head as I browsed my stash this weekend. I'd still like to make Melissa's version sometime, but the following activity is what I came up with using the items I had on hand. First, I found a piece of the florist foam I used for my rainbow work. Then I remembered the wooden sticks I'd found in the dollar section of my local discount store last fall. My lightbulb moment occurred when I realized that if I found the right beads I could set this up as a flower making work. Then I realized that I had the perfect beads........these foam beads from Discount School Supply were sitting in the bottom of my art cupboard patiently waiting to be utilized in an activity.
So........I placed the chunk of floral foam on the tray with 6 green wooden sticks pushed in, all the way down. (When I present this work I will tell the children that the "stems" are to stay in the foam and should not be removed.) I added a pretty box I bought a while back at Hobby Lobby on clearance. I've been waiting for the right activity to use it. The foam beads are inside the box.
Here's a close-up of the details on the box. It is so pretty and will be such a great point of interest for the children.
Here are the beads nestled inside the box. I only put in the star shaped ones and round ones as I thought they would be the most flower-like.
To build a flower, the child pushes the foam beads onto the green "stem". The foam beads are perfect because they stay on the stick without sliding down.