Project Description

Physical Literacy | Growing Flowers

TIME: 10 Minutes

AGES: 3 – 6

SKILL: Balance

Requirements

  • Floor space or open space outdoors
  • Music (optional)

Instructions

  1. Have your child find an open space on the floor or ground
  2. Tell your child to crouch into a ball (“seed”)
  3. Tell your child to start “growing” like a flower. Rise up slowly and reach out with arms as if sprouting
  4. Try different plant “actions”:
    The wind blows: sway and wave arms
    Plant gets thirsty: droop over forward
    Nighttime comes: close arms like petals closing
    The sun comes out: stretch arms upward
    Winter comes: crumble to ground
    Repeat as a different kind of flower, bush or tree

Variations

  • If you have a group, some children can be gardeners who walk around and “water” the flowers – they must make sure the flowers continue to grow – the children who are flowers should bend if they go too long without water

Benefits

This activity develops coordination and balance as kids try to imagine and imitate the movement of a flower as it grows and blossoms