Cutting flower stems in preschool

Cutting flower stems in preschool

Perhaps I should have titled this post “Attempting to cut flower stems in preschool” because child scissors don’t make much of a dent in the stems. However, one of our students figured out how to make this work….

These are left-over stems from our flower bouquets which I posted about yesterday here for painting and here for flower canvas….

This little girl figured out that it was easiest to bend or snap the stem in half first, then cut the stem apart the rest of the way…

The flower stem center was actually an interesting center to include on our flower bouquet day. The bending and cutting of stems led to a little exploration in science and nature as the children examined the stems and a little fine motor skill building as the children worked to cut or bend or snap the stems into pieces…

There was really no objective here other than additional exploration of the flowers. How often do we let children explore or play with an expensive bouquet of flowers anyway? I usually just throw them away but this time, I realized that they would make for some interesting play and exploration….

By |2011-05-11T19:00:15+00:00May 11th, 2011|

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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. Jamie @ hands on : as we grow May 11, 2011 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    I love your ideas to use your bouquet of flowers! Child scissors make it hard to cut through anything – but this is a great concept!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 11, 2011 at 9:42 pm - Reply

      Thank you Jamie – I like having the children discover how to cut the stems even thought the scissors were not going to make it easy:)

  2. Jackie May 11, 2011 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    hmmm, future florist? Well, we definitely know that child will be a future problem solver. 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 11, 2011 at 10:39 pm - Reply

      For sure!!

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