Week of the Young Child: Artsy Thursday Activity – Flowers for Ferdinand!

It’s Week of the Young Child, and all week we’ve been sharing recommended books and activities perfect for your preschooler (follow us on Facebook or Twitter to see all of the fun activities!). Today’s activity takes a cue from one of our favorite books, The Story of Ferdinand. Read the story, and then join the fun with this fun activity, perfect for spring!

Recommended Book: The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

All the other bulls would run and jump and butt their heads together. But Ferdinand would rather sit and smell the flowers. So what will happen when our pacifist hero is picked for the bullfights in Madrid?

Artsy Thursday Activity: Flowers for Ferdinand

Ferdinand loves to smell the flowers. It is his favorite thing to do. Celebrate Week of the Young Child by creating your own field of flowers for Ferdinand to smell!

Supplies needed:

  • Assorted colors of construction paper
  • Materials to decorate, including markers, crayons, colored pencils, paint glitter, pompoms, yarn
  • Materials to make different patterns, such as pencil erasers, soda bottles, paper towel rolls, plastic forks and spoons, cottons balls, popsicle sticks.
  • On the construction paper, use the different materials to create a field full of flowers.
  • Experiment with different colors, textures, and patterns to create different types of flowers.
    1. Use the bottom of a soda bottle and white paint to create daisies!
    2. Create tulips by wrapping yarn around the top of a plastic fork!
  • Trace your hands in different ways to create blossoming flowers.
  • Let your child’s imagination run wild as they create a patch for Ferdinand!

Together, we can help all children build the key language and literacy skills they need to take on the world.

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