Flowers are a simple gift children revere. The gift of them offers the opportunity to share with children what it means to love and care for something. A gift of flowers can teach them how plants grow, what plants need to thrive, and what the parts of a flower are—plant anatomy children may observe up close when they have one of their own.
a plant or potted flowers Show children how to care for their plant by teaching them to keep the soil moist and to find a special place for it to flourish in sunshine. Cacti are most forgiving for forgetting—if young ones miss waterings, these will still be fine when they remember, or are reminded of the continuing care needed. I also find Violets easy to care for. Older children may appreciate the adventure of challenge. Consider a Bonsai tree, a miniature tree that must be shaped as it grows.
cut flowers Show children how to care for, and add longevity, to their blooms by cutting the tips of flower stems at an angle. They can help change the vase water regularly to keep their flowers fresh.
flower seeds So much care can be shared in planting and growing flower seeds. And, the blooms are a most splendid reward for the childrens' care.
teach them about their blooming gift Use our flower part chart printable, or your own flower knowledge, to share the names of the parts of flowers and how they work.
let children treasure their flower gifts Have them find a special place in their own room where they can savor their pretty petals like our children did in when we shared a little one's bedside blooms.
show them how to treasure love share quiet moments together, just smelling the flowers. Their own flowers.
above, our flower part chart printable
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