Is this flower taller or shorter than a preschooler?

I happen to stop by this classroom and the teacher had a very tall paper flower sitting out on a table…

The children were very excited about this flower so to build on their enthusiasm, we decided to see who (or which) was taller – the flower or the child…


All the children hurried up to lay down on the ground so I could place the flower next to them and oh my, you would have thought this was the most exciting thing ever!!

The children had made their own construction paper flowers earlier in the day so this big flower was something that they were very excited about too…

After we all took a turn comparing flower to child – the teacher sang the seed song.

The seed begins in the garden, tiny and small...

It happens to be one of my favorites….

But then it grows and grows and grows - big and tall!

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By |2011-04-12T20:20:01+00:00April 12th, 2011|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Kelly April 12, 2011 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    interesting 🙂 thanks for sharing!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 12, 2011 at 10:49 pm - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. ayn colsh April 12, 2011 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    We really like the “Seed Song” in my class and it looks like we might be doing the same movements! I’ll have to make a BIG flower soon! 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 12, 2011 at 10:49 pm - Reply

      LOL – those seem to be the most natural movements to try!

  3. Centers and Circle Time April 13, 2011 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    That’s one big flower! Yes, I like the seed song too:) Did they get to do some planting yet? Playing in soils sounds like fun!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 13, 2011 at 4:33 pm - Reply

      Yes – I was debating whether or not to add the photos of their plants in this post or not:) I should have added them! Maybe I still will!

  4. pammypam April 27, 2011 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    i am totally using this idea. thanks!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 27, 2011 at 8:59 pm - Reply

      You are welcome:)

  5. Ameera May 6, 2011 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Woo hoo Thanks for this, will try this today! Youre so awesome

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 6, 2011 at 7:41 pm - Reply

      You are welcome Ameera:)

  6. pammypam May 12, 2011 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    I did it! I thought you might be interested in my post about this.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 12, 2011 at 9:33 pm - Reply

      Hi Pam – the link did not work for me and I really want to see! Can you share the link again?

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