April showers bring May flowers and…Mother’s Day! The arrival of spring and the upcoming celebration of moms has inspired a flurry of new spring activities here at The Inspired Treehouse!
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For this flower-themed gross motor game, we scoured our bathrooms for empty toilet paper rolls, gathered up pretty tape, found some colorful flowers and got to work!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
WHAT TO DO:
Let your child’s creativity take the lead and tell them to use the decorative tape to cover and decorate their toilet paper tubes however they want.
Once the vases are made, tape them to a wall by running a strip of heavy tape or duct tape through the center of the tube.
Be sure to space them out a bit and vary the height at which they are placed. Some can go high (so your child has to go up on tippy toes to get to it), some very low (so a squat position is needed to reach them), and some can be right at eye level.
You can then play with your flowers and beautiful new “vases” in lots of fun ways to promote movement, balance, coordination, and more!
1 || Roll a die. Whatever number your child rolls is the number of flowers that they need to “pick” for mom and put into the vases on the wall!
2 || Have a set of stairs? Place the flowers on top of the stairs and tape the vases to a wall surface near the bottom of the stairs. Have your child practice going up and down the stairs to pick a flower and take it to a vase.
3 || We used a balance beam as a “bridge” to carry our flowers over the stream to grandma’s house where we placed them each in a vase for her!
4 || We also used that same balance beam as a log to walk on through a field of flowers, picking them up from the floor as we crossed and placing them into the vases at the end. For this activity, we sprinkled the flowers along the floor at the side of the beam. It is tricky trying to squat and keep your balance while on a 4” wide beam!
5 || Pull out those amazing scooters and ride the road to gather flowers for each vase!
6 || Need a bit of an extra challenge? Put those vases up high along the wall and have your child climb up onto a stool or bench to reach them for added strengthening, motor planning and coordination!
7 || Make it a relay! Place all of the flowers at one end of your play space and tape your vases to the wall at the other end. Have one child pick a flower, run it (or skip, hop, jump, or gallop) to place it in a vase, and then run back to the group to let the next person take their turn!
How did you play with your flowers and vases? We would love to hear the new ideas you came up with! Leave us a comment below!
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