Teach Preschool in the news: exploring plants and nature

My little friend, Tristan was kind enough to join me on Indiana Fox 59 Morning News this week to explore a few ideas we can do with plants….

For this segment, I brought the last of my flowers saved from Mother’s Day and a few plants I had set aside…

Tristan showed how to take apart flowers and stick them on the clear contact paper canvas which you can read more about here…

Tristan also helped me demonstrate how you can save the flowers from a bouquet and use them as a paint brush which you can read more about here

Once we were all finished with our segment, Tristan and his dad took a few extra minutes to explore the television studio…

And before we left for the day, I added another sheet of clear contact paper to the front of our flower canvas so Tristan could take it home to share with his mom…

Thanks to my little friend Tristan and his parents for being such good sports and helping me share some simple ideas that preschoolers can explore…

By |2011-05-17T15:30:29+00:00May 17th, 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. Elise May 17, 2011 at 11:58 pm - Reply

    What a great team you and Tristan make. Perfect viewing for mums, dads and carers with ideas that we can enjoy.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      Thank you Elise:)

  2. [email protected] May 18, 2011 at 7:24 am - Reply

    Excellent project and lesson!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      Thank you KJ:)

  3. Teaching Tiny Tots May 18, 2011 at 8:53 am - Reply

    I love the idea of using clear contact paper to make the flower collage! I used to use a lot of it in my classroom and have about 6 rolls on hand. My girls love collecting “nature” as they call it. I think we will have to make one!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm - Reply

      They really do turn out quite beautiful!

  4. Barbara May 18, 2011 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    Great flower ideas, Deborah. Have you ever tried pounding the flowers (pretty side down) onto muslin? The children enjoy this activity using rubber mallots…Is Tristan a student of yours or family friend…He is so adorable!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 18, 2011 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      I haven’t tried that Barbara! I have a few flowers left – I think I will try it before I throw them out. Tristan is a family friend:)

  5. Jackie Lee May 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    What a great project! I’m wondering if you’ll continue posting through the summer? I’m definitely going to need some ideas!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 18, 2011 at 6:19 pm - Reply

      Yes – I plan to post through the summer. I may cut back little but I will decide when I get into the summer – but either way, I will be posting.

  6. Emry Quinn May 9, 2017 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    Hi Deborah! I am still with you have been busy with last days of school and my grandsons senior prom! My daughter and I did the decorations for the after party! Back at preschool we made beautiful seed pictures using the contact paper inside small card stock frames for Mother’s Day gifts the children drew pictures for their moms on sandpaper and I ironed it on fabric and made into keepsake pillows…please have a great summer and keep in touch! Emry

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 12, 2017 at 9:54 am - Reply

      Hi Emry,
      I love all that you are doing. Life is crazy busy here too and it is so nice to check in and find a message from you. I wish you the very best summer!!


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