My daughter loves everything about this flower arranging Montessori practical life kids activity. She loves picking flowers, pouring water, trimming leaves, placing each flower in the vase, and then putting the vase on the dining room table. Each step of the activity is a practical life skill that paves the way to real learning.
Montessori proposed that practical life activities like flower arranging satisfied the child’s innate desire to imitate the activities that adults perform around them. She believed the child’s experience with practical life activities would help the child gain control over movement and begin thinking in a logical way. She also believed that these activities would foster the development of independence and help the child adapt to society.
You don’t have to know anything about Montessori to do practical life activities. Just follow the simple directions below!
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Flower Arranging Montessori Practical Life Kids Activity
Before having your child do this activity quietly demonstrate it exactly as you’d like it to be performed.
Children like to “see” and “imitate” what we do. You can describe what you are doing as you work, but there is no need to lecture or teach your child. When you are finished invite your child to complete the activity.
Montessori recommends that all practical life activities proceed from left to right, and top to bottom. Doing activities in this way begins to create a habit that prepares the child for reading and writing.
Flower Arranging Montessori Practical Life Kids Activity Materials
Flower Arranging Montessori Practical Life Kids Activity Preparation
- Pick or purchase flowers to arrange.
- Place doilies, flowers, discard bowl, scissors, a pitcher of water, and a vase in a tray or on an activity mat.
Flower Arranging Montessori Practical Life Kids Activity Directions
1. Put apron on your child. [This starts the activity cycle and the child knows it is time to work.]
2. Present materials by placing tray or activity mat in front of your child.
3. Begin the flower arranging Montessori practical life activity by having your child pour water into a vase.
4. Trim each flower before placing it in the vase using scissors. Stand the flower next to vase to determine the amount that needs to be trimmed. Place the trimmings in discard bowl, and the flower in the vase. Repeat trimming and placing flowers until complete.
5. When your child is finished arranging the flowers, invite them to place the vase somewhere in the house. Allow your child to arrange the vase of flowers as they please. This helps the child feel like a valued contributor in the home. (Be sure to demonstrate how to carry a vase with two hands so they do the same.)
6. Clean up and put everything away. In our house, that means placing flower trimmings in the compost bin and placing the tray with the pitcher on the kitchen counter.
7. If using an activity mat, roll it up and put it away.
8. Take apron off and hang up. [These are important last steps because they complete the activity cycle and the child knows their work is complete.]
Below is a photo of how my daughter placed her flower arrangement one day. I wanted to turn it around to face the room but that would have disturbed her work and put less value on it. Do your best to abstain from moving their arrangement. Admire it as is!
Montessori practical life activities are designed to prepare children to become independent members of society. Each step of this flower arranging practical life activity for kids (picking flowers, pouring water, cutting flowers, arranging flowers) is a practical life skill that paves the way to real learning.
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