Last week we shared how we used fresh flower petals to practice addition. While we had our flowers we did many different activities with them. Another way we used them for math was to compare numbers using the flower petals.
For this activity you’ll need a pencil, our free printable, and flowers. We chose to use fresh flowers for the added sensory element, but you could also choose synthetic flowers if you prefer.
The goal of the activity is to help kids learn to compare quantities. Choose a flower type that will give you an amount of petals that is best for your child’s current skill level. If you are just beginning to compare number, try flowers with 10 or fewer petals. If your child is more experience comparing numbers, then try petals with a higher number of flowers like we did here.
We started by pinching a handful of flower petals off the flower and counting them. Then we recorded the amount in the first column of the recording sheet.
Next we removed the remaining flower petals and counted how many were left. This number was recorded in the third column of the recording sheet. Then we chose the appropriate comparison sign to place in the middle column. After doing this together once, Lovey continued to count and compare the petals on more flowers until she finished the recording sheet.
And when you’re done save those flower petals, we’ll be using them for more activities in the coming days.
More Fun with Fresh Flowers
And don’t forget to read some great books about flowers.