When springtime rolls around, you may be at a loss for activities to plan for your preschool students. If you're planning a plants-and-flowers theme for your class, there are several different movement activities you can include in your lesson plan. Best of all, these activities use materials and equipment you may already have in your classroom.
Choose some upbeat classical music such as Vivaldi's "Spring" from The Four Seasons violin concerto. Explain to the children that this music was written to make listeners think about springtime, plants and flowers. Play the music while having children pretend to be seeds. Wander though the classroom and "water" the seeds to help them grow. Have children interpret the music through movement by pretending to be plants sprouting through the ground and reaching up towards the sun.
Give each preschooler two silky scarves, one to hold in each hand. Explain that these scarves are their flower petals. Play some classical music that begins slowly and builds to a louder and faster beat, such as Pachelbel's Canon in D. Have children listen to the music and use creative movement to pretend they are flowers in the wind. When the music is quiet and slow, the wind is calm, but when the music builds, the wind picks up and blows the flowers every which way.
Five Little Flowers
Try this simple fingerplay with your preschoolers. Sing "Five little flowers warming in the sun," while holding up five fingers. "See their heads nodding, bowing one by one?" while bending your fingers one at a time. "Down, down, down comes the cold wet rain," while using the other hand to simulate rain falling on the flowers. "Five little flowers stand up again," while straightening your fingers.
Planting and Growing
Tell the children the story of how seeds are planted in the ground, are watered and sprout up out of the ground to see the sun. While you're telling the story, have children act out the planting, watering and sprouting. While you discuss planting, have the children sit on their hands and knees and pretend to dig in the soil and shake a few seeds from a seed packet, then cover the seeds with dirt. Then, have them pretend to use a watering can or garden hose to water their seeds gently. Pretend to be the sun, warming up the seeds and allow the children to "pop" out of the ground to simulate the seeds sprouting.
- "500 Five Minute Games"; Jackie Silberg; 1995
- Preschool Education: Music and Songs for Flowers and Plants
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