Types of Flowers Match Up – Free Printable

Spring is a time of renewal, and what better way to embrace the beauty of the season than by exploring the world of flowers with preschool and kindergarten children? With the help of poster and picture cards featuring different types of flowers, educators can engage their young students in hands-on botany activities that will inspire curiosity and learning.

Flowers are beautiful and fascinating plants that kids love to learn about. Flowers come in many sizes, shapes, and colors, and are often used as symbols of love, happiness, and friendship. Kids can enjoy planting and taking care of flowers in their own garden or even in a small pot. They can learn about the different parts of the flower, such as the petals, stem, and pollen; and discover how flowers attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Exploring the world of flowers is a great way for kids to connect with nature and learn more about the world around them.

In the Montessori classroom, children learn about flowers through a variety of activities that engage their senses and creativity. They may explore the parts of a flower using materials such as flower puzzles, diagrams, and real specimens. Hands-on activities like planting and caring for real flowers allow the children to observe the life cycle of a plant. Art projects involving flowers foster self-expression and imagination. Children also learn about the role of flowers in pollination and how they contribute to the larger ecosystem. Through these activities, children develop a deep appreciation for the beauty and importance of flowers in our world.

These learning printables offer clear and true-to-life images of various flowers, allowing children to easily recognize and identify different types of blooms. From the vibrant petals of a tulip to the delicate petals of a daisy, students can immerse themselves in the world of botany right in the classroom.

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One engaging activity is to create a flower matching game. Pair the picture cards with the corresponding posters and challenge children to make connections between the two. This activity promotes observation skills and strengthens memory retention as children work to match each flower with its visual representation.

Additionally, educators can use these printables as a springboard for further exploration. Encourage students to research more about each flower, including its characteristics, growing conditions, and significance. This not only fosters a deeper understanding of botany but also encourages inquiry-based learning.

By incorporating these poster and picture cards into the curriculum, educators can create a dynamic and interactive learning experience for their students. Whether used as part of a spring-themed unit or integrated into regular lessons, these resources provide a valuable opportunity for young learners to connect with the natural world and cultivate a love for botany from an early age.

types of flowers included in the printable

Sure, here is some information about the flowers for kids:

Lily:

  • Lilies come in different colors like pink, white, and orange.
  • They smell really nice and look like trumpets.
  • Lilies represent purity and devotion.
  • They bloom in the late spring or early summer.

Chamomile:

  • Chamomile flowers are white with a yellow center and smell like apples.
  • They are very calming and can help you relax.
  • You can find them in gardens and meadows.
  • Chamomile blooms in the summer.

Pansy:

  • Pansy flowers have velvety petals and come in many colors and patterns.
  • They are said to be thoughtful and admirable.
  • Pansies bloom in spring and fall.
  • They are often found in gardens and pots.

Cornflower:

  • Cornflowers are bright blue flowers that grow in fields and meadows.
  • They look like beautiful blue stars.
  • Cornflowers represent hope and devotion.
  • They bloom in the summer.

Buttercup:

  • Buttercups are bright yellow flowers with glossy petals.
  • They grow in sunny spots like meadows and fields.
  • Buttercups symbolize happiness and joy.
  • They bloom in the spring and summer.

Poppy:

  • Poppies come in many colors like red, pink, and purple.
  • They have big, bold petals and are very beautiful.
  • Poppies symbolize remembrance and peace.
  • They bloom in the spring and summer.

Rose:

  • Roses are fragrant flowers with lots of colors and shapes.
  • They are known for their beauty and romance.
  • Roses bloom from late spring to fall.
  • They symbolize love, passion, and beauty.

Sunflower:

  • Sunflowers have big, bright yellow petals and a dark center.
  • They grow in sunny spots and are often very tall.
  • Sunflowers symbolize strength and loyalty.
  • They bloom in the summer.

Peony:

  • Peonies have big, fragrant blooms in pink, white, and red colors.
  • They are very beautiful and symbolize good fortune.
  • Peonies bloom in late spring to early summer.
  • They represent prosperity and compassion.

Marigold:

  • Marigolds have bright yellow, orange, or red flowers with a spicy scent.
  • They grow in sunny spots and are easy to take care of.
  • Marigolds symbolize joy and determination.
  • They bloom in the summer and fall.

Calendula:

  • Calendula flowers have bright yellow or orange petals and are used for healing.
  • They grow in sunny spots and are very pretty.
  • Calendulas bloom in the spring and summer.
  • They symbolize protection and vitality.

Aster:

  • Asters have daisy-like flowers in purple, pink, and white colors.
  • They are very pretty and symbolize love and patience.
  • Asters bloom in late summer to fall.
  • They can be found in gardens and meadows.

Planting meadow flowers with children

Planting meadow flowers with children in spring is a fantastic idea that offers a multitude of benefits. Not only does it provide a hands-on learning experience that teaches children about plant life cycles and the importance of biodiversity, but it also fosters a sense of responsibility and care for the environment. By actively participating in the planting and care of meadow flowers, children are able to witness the beauty of nature firsthand, while also attracting pollinators such as bees and butterflies to the area. Furthermore, this activity encourages outdoor exploration and physical activity, promoting a deeper connection with the natural world and instilling a sense of stewardship for the planet in the next generation.

When planning your meadow garden, it is important to consider allergies when selecting flowers to plant, especially when working with children who may have sensitivities or allergies to certain plants.

Planting meadow flowers with children in a classroom in spring can be a fun and educational activity. Here are some steps to help you get started:

  1. Choose a suitable area: Select a sunny spot in or around the classroom where you can plant the meadow flowers. Make sure the area has good soil and drainage.
  2. Gather supplies: You will need a variety of meadow flower seeds, gardening gloves, trowels or small shovels, watering cans or a hose, and some mulch or compost.
  3. Prepare the soil: Have the children help you loosen the soil in the planting area with their hands or with trowels. Add some compost or mulch to improve the soil quality.
  4. Plant the seeds: Show the children how to scatter the meadow flower seeds evenly over the planting area. It’s helpful to mix the seeds with some sand before sowing to help distribute them more evenly.
  5. Cover the seeds: Gently rake the seeds into the soil, then lightly water the area to help the seeds settle in.
  6. Care for the flowers: Encourage the children to take turns watering the meadow flowers regularly, especially during dry spells. You can also teach them how to weed the area and protect the plants from pests.
  7. Observe and learn: As the meadow flowers start to grow and bloom, take the opportunity to talk to the children about the different types of flowers they see and their importance to pollinators and the environment.
  8. Enjoy the results: Once the meadow flowers are in full bloom, take the time to admire their beauty and the work the children put into planting them. You can even cut some flowers to create a beautiful bouquet for the classroom.

By planting meadow flowers with children in a classroom in spring, you can create a hands-on learning experience that fosters an appreciation for nature and the environment.

If want to choose varieties that grow quickly, there are several options that are known for their fast germination and growth. Here are some quick-growing meadow flower options to consider:

  • California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica): California poppies are known for their vibrant orange flowers and quick growth. They thrive in sunny locations with well-drained soil, making them a great choice for a classroom planting project.
  • Bachelor’s Button (Centaurea cyanus): Bachelor’s buttons, also known as cornflowers, are easy to grow and produce beautiful blue, pink, or white flowers. They prefer full sun and well-drained soil.
  • Nigella (Nigella damascena): Nigella, also called love-in-a-mist, is a quick-growing flower with delicate blue, pink, or white blooms. It can grow in a variety of soil types and is a great choice for attracting pollinators.
  • Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus): Cosmos flowers are fast-growing annuals that produce colorful, daisy-like blooms in shades of pink, red, and white. They are easy to grow from seed and attract butterflies and bees.
  • Sunflower (Helianthus annuus): Sunflowers are known for their rapid growth and cheerful blooms. They come in a variety of sizes and colors, making them a popular choice for children’s gardening projects.

The time it takes for meadow flowers to grow and bloom from seeds can vary depending on the specific type of flower and growing conditions. In general, meadow flowers typically take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to germinate and grow to the point of blooming. Here is a general timeline for the growth and blooming of meadow flowers from seeds:

Germination (1-3 weeks): Most meadow flower seeds will germinate within 1 to 3 weeks after planting, depending on the temperature and moisture levels. Some seeds may germinate more quickly, while others may take longer.

Seedling growth (2-6 weeks): Once the seeds have germinated, the seedlings will start to grow and develop their first true leaves. During this stage, it’s important to provide adequate water, sunlight, and nutrients to support healthy growth.

Vegetative growth (4-8 weeks): As the seedlings continue to grow, they will establish a stronger root system and start to produce more leaves and stems. Regular watering and fertilizing can help promote healthy vegetative growth.

Bud formation (6-12 weeks): Meadow flowers will start to produce flower buds as they mature. The timing of bud formation can vary depending on the specific flower species and growing conditions.

Blooming (8-16 weeks): Finally, the meadow flowers will start to bloom, revealing their colorful petals and attracting pollinators. The duration of the blooming period can vary depending on the flower species, but many meadow flowers will continue to produce blooms throughout the growing season.

Keep in mind that these timelines are approximate and can vary based on factors such as temperature, sunlight, water availability, and soil quality. Additionally, some meadow flowers may require stratification (a period of cold treatment) before they will germinate. Planting meadow flowers from seeds can be a rewarding experience that teaches children about the life cycle of plants and the importance of caring for the environment.

Types of flowers printable

Types of flowers poster and matching cards for littles (pre-k and K students) – match, glue onto a watercolor spring background, and learn new different kinds of flowers.

There are many uses for the printable. Children can learn the names of different types of flowers.
Younger children can be encouraged to match color pictures to the black-and-white version.
Cut flower cards, laminate, and attach hook and loop dots to add an extra challenge for little fingers. Older children might be inspired to create their own book of animals in spring, glue cutouts, or draw and label the flowers.

Here is what’s included:

  • 12 x types of flowers for matching
  • 12 x flowers – poster
  • 1 x spring/summer-themed background
  • PowerPoint with editable text poster featuring 12 flowers

I love this idea @raisingmaeve had. Jess enlarged the background and used adhesive to create this wonderful little activity for her child.
If you would like to enlarge the background, here is how you can do it. Hit Print. Make sure in your Advanced Settings ‘Print As Image’ has been deselected. Then hit ‘Poster’ and set your ‘Tile Scale’ according to how large you would like your poster to be. If you set it at 100%, it will print on two sheets. Trim sheets as needed and connect your poster pieces using scotch tape.

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About Anastasia - Anastasia is an early childhood teacher and the founder of Montessori Nature - a blog about Montessori living and learning and nature-based explorations. With many years of experience working in a Montessori environment and homeschooling her children, she directed her passion for all things Montessori and nature into creating educational resources. You can learn more here and browse her printables on Teachers Pay Teachers.

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