The beginning of March also marks the start of spring. Here is a simple activity you can do with your little ones to help celebrate spring.
First off you need to print off the Daffodil Colouring in sheet, depending on the age of the child you could encourage them to draw their own.
You will also need to prepare either some coloured tissue paper or just plain coloured paper. The colours you woul need would be green for the leaves and yellow and orange for the head of the flower. Using PVA glue (or a glue stick depending on abilities) you can stick the coloured paper onto the tissue paper.
If your child/children are able you can encourage them to either cut or rip the paper into smaller pieces.
You can do allsorts to really encourage your child’s development such as
- Talk to them about Spring- What happens? Plants growing, leaves coming into bloom, colours
- You can mention other seasons – Summer, Autumn, Winter. Any events happening within Spring – Easter/Mothers Day
- You can use other materials instead of the tissue/coloured paper such as – Paint, you can use paint brushes, finger paints, you can scrunch paper and use that to dab onto the picture.
- Talk about Safety – How to use scissors correctly if they cut up the tissue/coloured paper
- Younger children will enjoy being able to explore the glue and sticking.
Under the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) the activity would fall under several sections
It is worth noting that the months are approximate and what the EYFS outlines. It is used to help professionals so please don’t be concerned if your child is not able to do them.
Communication and Language: Understanding – Understands the use of objects, e.g “What do we use to cut things?” (30-50months)
Physical Development: Moving and Handling – Uses one-handed tools and equipment, e.g makes snips in paper with child scissors. (30-50months)
Handles tools, objects, constructions and malleable materials safely and with increasing control (40-60+ months)
Understanding the world: The World – Can talk about some of the things they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects (30-50months)
Talk about why things happen and how things work (30-50months)
(Snippets taken from Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum )