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Kid Talk: The Flower Shoppe

This is an old idea that never loses its creative fun. Every spring I set up a play dough flower shop, with supplies from my local dollar store.

Here’s what you will need:

assorted silk flowers and grasses (I pulled my flower/grass bunches apart into single stems)

plastic flower pots

homemade brown play dough

work board (optional)

silk butterflies on stems (optional)

Step 1: I like to set up the materials in an inviting way. In Reggio Emilia, an Italian educational method, the setup of materials is an important aspect in provoking a child's creative and individual response.

Step 2: Demonstrate to your child how to press a ball of play dough into the flower pot.

Step 3: Push the stems into the play dough to create a flower arrangement.

The play dough holds the stems in place!

Step 4: Share your flower arrangement!

I have a place where we store the flowers, pots and play dough.

It's fun to keep your assorted play dough tools in a nice tin buckets. I love to collect safe kitchen tools like potato smashers, rolling pins, safe pizza cutters and small spatulas. These items do require adult supervision.

Spring time is the perfect time to open your own pretend flower shop

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