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Repurpose Dying Flowers | Sensory Activity for Toddlers

Updated: Jul 28, 2022

Does anyone else get a little bit sad when your beautiful flowers start to wither? Same here.

So we turned our withering flowers into a fun, educational sensory activity!

This activity is so simple! You will need a knife, cutting board, an ice cub tray and of course some flowers. Lately the dollar store has has silicone ice cube trays that are really cute shapes, but a regular old ice cube tray works just fine!

First I cut the stems off the flowers and then I pulled the pedals off and sorted them by colour before dividing them into the ice cube tray. I expected the pedals to sit nicely in the tray, but I had to squish them down pretty hard to get them to stay.

After placing the flowers in the ice cube tray I filled it with water and set it in the freezer for approx. 3 hours.

We did a Rainbow Volcano activity recently which we all loved so much; I think when I try this flower exploration activity again I am going to add baking soda to the water before I freeze them, then melt them with a squeeze bottle of vinegar.

Once the ice cubes were frozen we added them to some warm water and used different spoons, scoops, funnels and tweezers to explore these beautiful flowers.

I love that there isn't really a goal with this activity, besides exploration.

That is when I see the most authentic, interest based learning.

This is a great way to open the conversation about hot vs. cold, water vs ice, different parts of a flower and how they grow.

Do you think your little ones would enjoy this activity? What if you used baking soda and vinegar?

If you try it, I would love to see how it turned out! Send me a photo or tag me on Instagram @prairiemamasblog!

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