Flower challenge | Fine motor flower fun

The folks over at Tinkerlab have given us a new challenge and today’s challenge was to do something with flowers…

For our science center, I set out some flowers that were definitely looking at their very last days along with a few pairs of kid tweezers, some magnifying glasses, and cardboard squares with laminating paper in the center (sticky boards)…

The children used the tweezers to pluck the petals from the flowers…

In the past, as you can see in this post, we used the parts of our flowers to create a flower collage on our sticky boards…

But for this activity – the focus was pretty much only on exploring the flower petals. The children spread the flower petals that they plucked off of the stem onto the sticky boards to look at through their magnifying glasses…

The children also used the large stand-alone magnifier to take a closer look at their flower petals…

A great way to combine scientific discovery and a little fine motor fun!

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Check out the other wonderful flower posts in the flower challenge linky below…

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By |2012-06-04T01:42:38+00:00June 4th, 2012|

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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. Debs June 4, 2012 at 6:10 am - Reply

    I just love your sticky boards. The cardboard frame is such a quick and easy idea that i’ll be using from now on. What a great exploration of flowers for the kids! 🙂

  2. Brooke T June 4, 2012 at 8:57 am - Reply

    A quick note to say…..if anyone would is looking for kid tweezers and magnifying glasses, the Dollar Tree (at least in Indiana) stores are carrying “bug hunt” materials right now! The sets I bought included both for $1. The project looks even more fun when it’s easy to find materials and you know they fit your budget. Thanks again to Deborah for providing the creative idea.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 4, 2012 at 10:54 am - Reply

      Yes, I bought some of those recently and saved all the kid tweezers! They are wonderful! I am so glad you pointed this out!

  3. Rachelle | TinkerLab June 4, 2012 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    I love how you set this up, Deborah! And yes, I was thinking “I would love some kid tweezers and a fab magnifying glass like that.” Thanks for the suggestion, Brooke. And thank YOU, Deborah, for sharing this in the Creative Challenge. I’m constantly inspired by you.

  4. I love everything about this activity! Your setup was so inviting and the learning and exploring is wonderful. 🙂

  5. School Sparks Renee June 4, 2012 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    I love the idea of letting the kids use tweezers to pluck the petals on the flowers. So cute. Renee

  6. Amber @ thecardboardcollective June 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    I love that you put real tools in little people’s hands!

  7. Amanda June 10, 2012 at 11:52 am - Reply

    What a really lovely idea! Definitely one for both of my girls 🙂

  8. ms. Rachel June 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    Lovely ideas, 🙂

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