After we collected our samples, we used Google to identify the flowers and leaves and I wrote the name by each item. Addie was two at the time so this was a fun way to practice color recognition. Recently, I downloaded an app called LikeThat Garden, which would have made the process much easier! All you do is take a picture of the flower and it returns items that match. We used it in our yard this week and were able to identify our flowers in seconds--a fantastic tool.
After we labeled all the specimens, I used our painted chalk table to have Adeline separate the flowers from the leaves.
Then, I decided to use the leaves and flowers to create an art project. I drew an outline of a flower and had her glue her findings on the appropriate parts.
Now that Addie is three, I could take this project further with letter recognition and sounds, tracing, basic mathematics and the like. I enjoyed this project as much as my then two year old did and it's one I look forward to doing again with Lincoln and at a more advanced level with Addie. If you try these activities, let me know any fun variations you add to the mix!