The flowers and plants are in bloom which means time to do a FLOWER SHOP OR GARDEN SHOP in the dramatic play center! I say Flower Shop or Garden Shop because I’m going to share how you can create either a Flower Shop or a Garden Shop. In my classroom, I did a garden shop just to keep the boys interested in the theme but if you think your students will LOVE a Flower Shop then do that. All the Garden and Flower SHop printables are in THIS pack in my TPT store.
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So for those of you who want to do just a Flower Shop, I’ll start with those pieces. If you are doing a Garden Shop you will do all the flower shop pieces and the garden shop pieces.
Flower Shop Shelf
On the top of the shelf is the flowers. I bought fake flowers from the dollar store and cut each bunch apart making each flower a single stem. Under the flowers are different size vases, little cactus plants, ribbon, and tissue paper (all from the dollar store).
The flowers are sorted by color and placed in a matching color bucket (buckets from Hobby Lobby and Target in the party sections). As students play, create bouquets, and clean up they will be LEARNING and SORTING by color!
Check out this little learner! He made his flower order, selected the flowers, and wrapped it with tissue paper and ribbon. By using the order form he is developing literacy, math, and fine motor skills! I placed the flower order form in dry erase pockets so we can use them over and over.
I put Velcro Dots on each side of the ribbon since my preschoolers can’t tie yet. If you have kinders, using ribbon would be a fun way to practice tieing (if they are ready).
Flower bouquets need CARDS which gives students an authentic reason to write! My classroom is multiage (3, 4, and 5 year olds) so I have event and family cards in all uppercase and in lowercase for students to copy. Trust me your students will be writing cards like CRAZY and excited to write!
When it’s time to pay, embed MORE math by adding price tags, money, and paper so students can write their own receipts! Place a number line next to teh register to support little learners as they learn how to write numbers.
STEM! Add a table for students to DESIGN and PLAN flower bouquets and vases! STEM is possible in the dramatic play center when you think outside the box,
Ekkk, now onto the garden shop side! On the shelf are 6 pack plants, seeds display, specials sign, and garden tools.
The seed and bulb display is on of my favorite parts because it’s just FULL of learning opportunities! Students will be exercising those fine motor muscles when the pick up the seeds with the tweezers, sorting by color, and possibly counting the seeds as they put them in the bag!
In front of the check out stand is the Planting Station which is the perfect place to act out the life cycle of a plant! The plants are sorted by size on the green poster board and in front of that is a tub with “dirt” (brown shredded paper for party bags).
First students “plant the seed” in a pot with dirt.
Then they “water” the seed and watch it grow leaves and vegetables. I cut up fake green vines for the seedlings and added felt vegetable.
To sneak in measurement I added rainbow rulers and a Plant Report. Students check off the items and measure the plant during play!
If you add the garden shop peices students can also deisgn a yard or a garden during play! Check out this young 4 year old’s font yard design!
I just LOVE having students help create the play space so what better way to help with the garden center than to create a flower mural! It just brings the space together and makes it theirs.
And that’s it! Now when I start the Garden Shop it doesn’t look like this. I save a few props and pieces so I can slowly add more things each week to keep it excited and not so overwhelming when we first open it up for play.
If you are doing Garden Shop or Flower Shop for your SPRING THEME be sure to check out my SPRING CENTERS post for tons of spring themed activities for all the other centers in your classroom.
If you LOVE this Garden Shop and Flower Shop as much as I do, pin this image!