We were inspired to create our own garden math game during Easter break. Real flowers outdoors are at least a month away, so it was cheering to add some color to our day. Interestingly, it was my five-year-old son who was most eager to make these, and then knock the flowers down of course.
- cardboard tubes (from toilet paper rolls or paper towels)
- cardboard cereal or cake boxes
- clear tape
- leftover plastic Easter eggs
- tin can or softball
- Draw flower shapes onto cardboard, using the plastic egg halves as centers to give a sense of proportion. Cut out flower shapes.
- Paint flowers and use egg halves as stamps in the paint. Let dry.
- Paint or color cardboard tubes green to serve as stems. We slit them lengthwise and rolled them tighter, securing with tape.
- Assemble flowers by standing tubes upright to form stems, then adding flower petal layer, followed by the plastic egg halves to be the center of each flower.
- To play a bowling type of game, roll a tin can (I stuffed ours with a plastic bag to add ballast) or softball to knock down the flower "pins." Keep score of how many flowers are toppled for some fun addition practice. Another version of a math game requiring a die to roll can be found here.
|One of my children created this variation, which looks like mushrooms.|