The garden provides lots of opportunities for learning and crafting – from creating seed bombs to measuring weather as well as learning about how plants grow. This week for the virtual book club for kids we are using some common weeds and a few sticks to work on number bonds and counting to 10 using a DIY Ten Frame. A 1- frame is a great way to get children to see numbers and manipulate them to work out the relationships for number bonds as well as use those basics to understand place value in the future.

Take the learning outside this spring with this garden flower ten frame, for some simple hands-on maths for preschoolers and early years.


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Materials needed for your Garden Flower Ten Frame

Sticks

Two different sorts of flowers – 10 of each sort we used Daisies and Dandelions picked from the garden.

Preparation for your Garden Flower Ten Frame

Lay out our sticks into a grid so you have 5 boxes at the top and 5 boxes at the bottom.

Take the learning outside this spring with this garden flower ten frame, for some simple hands-on maths for preschoolers and early years.

Using the Flower Ten Frame

We started off using the ten frame for simple counting and number bonds.

Take the learning outside this spring with this garden flower ten frame, for some simple hands-on maths for preschoolers and early years.

Place a number of dandelions and then filling the blank spaces with the daisies. Then adding them together to find out how many more would make 10.

Take the learning outside this spring with this garden flower ten frame, for some simple hands-on maths for preschoolers and early years.

Once we had revised our number bonds to ten using the ten frame we then played a couple of games.

Take the learning outside this spring with this garden flower ten frame, for some simple hands-on maths for preschoolers and early years.

The favourite one a battleship style game where I played against her guessing the position of her dandelions and daisies based on instructions like – Do you have a space on the bottom row, do you have equal numbers of daises and dandelions etc….


Number Bond Activities


Garden Week Book Ideas

The featured book for our Garden week with Virtual Book Club for Kids is The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle. Possibly one of my favourite garden books and a classic in our household as soon as spring arrives.

 As with every week though realising how difficult it can be to find certain books and wanting to fill our book box we suggest 4 other books that are great for reading with kids in the early years.

Planting a Rainbow
From Seed to Plant
Jack’s Garden
Rachel’s Day in the Garden: A Kids Yoga Book


Garden Learning Activities and Crafts

Maths Garden Activities

Flower Ten Frame – You Are Here!

Number Activities with Printable Flowers and Worms – JDaniel4’s Mom

Literacy Garden Activities

Alphabet Puzzle Cards – Sea of Knowledge

Flower Garden Name Puzzle – Still Playing School

Creative Garden Activities

Colourful Ribbon Flower Craft for Kids – Toddler Approved

Rainbow Spin Art Flower Craft – Messy Little Monster

Build a Flower Creative Invitation – My Storytime Corner

Science and Sensory Garden Activities

The Seeds We Eat – Teach Beside Me

A Fun Way for Kids to Plan a Garden – Sunny Day Family

Seed & Plant Matching Game & {FREE} Cards – Preschool Powol Packets

Plant Biology for Kids & Garden Themed Learning Activities – Mama Smiles

Garden Pretend Play and Fine Motor Activity – Views From a Step Stool

Observing Seed Germination in a Plastic Bag – Inspiration Laboratories


More Garden Activities and Crafts for Kids


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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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