Physical Literacy | Growing Flowers

TIME: 10 Minutes

AGES: 3 – 6

SKILL: Balance


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


  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


  • 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


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