Teach Preschool in the news: exploring plants and nature

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…


  • Elise Posted May 17, 2011 11:58 pm

    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. Posted May 18, 2011 6:25 pm

      Thank you Elise:)

  • [email protected] Posted May 18, 2011 7:24 am

    Excellent project and lesson!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted May 18, 2011 6:25 pm

      Thank you KJ:)

  • Teaching Tiny Tots Posted May 18, 2011 8:53 am

    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. Posted May 18, 2011 6:24 pm

      They really do turn out quite beautiful!

  • Barbara Posted May 18, 2011 5:13 pm

    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. Posted May 18, 2011 6:20 pm

      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:)

  • Jackie Lee Posted May 18, 2011 5:23 pm

    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. Posted May 18, 2011 6:19 pm

      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.

  • Emry Quinn Posted May 9, 2017 6:34 pm

    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. Posted May 12, 2017 9:54 am

      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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