Flower Hunt by Color Math Activity

My son had a great time while doing this flower hunt by color nature walk. It’s an excellent way to learn colors, practice math concepts, explore nature and even learn to read color names!

Hunt for flowers by color! A fun preschool math activity with free printable recording sheet!

This week the PLAYful Preschool theme is flowers. The team has developed flower lesson plans that cover multiple subject areas such as literacy, math and science. Check out all of the other lessons below!

We love to go on walks around our neighborhood in the evenings, so I thought it would be fun to go on a flower hunt while we were walking. I came up with a simple printable recording sheet that we brought along with us. It gave us the chance to record our findings and then use those findings to practice various math concepts.

Materials Needed:

Once you have the recording sheet printed, you are ready to go!

Going on a Flower Hunt Nature Walk

I put the recording sheet on a clipboard I picked up at the dollar store and gave it to Evan with a pencil. Then I explained that we were going on a flower hunt. He was VERY excited!

Go on a flower hunt and record findings with tally marks on the printable sheet that is included!

I told him to keep an eye out for flowers and when he found some, he needed to make a tally mark on the correct box on his sheet. I helped him the first few times, but he caught on very quickly and was able to do this on his own the rest of the time.

Each time you find flowers, record the color on the sheet with a tally mark.

We recorded each sighting of a specific color and not each and every flower. We would have had WAY too many tally marks if we did it that way.

The best part of the recording sheet is that I wrote the color names in the coordinating color. So even though he couldn’t read the names, he knew which box to record each tally mark in. This is also a great way to teach kids to read color names by sight. Evan was able to recognize a couple of the color names in black print after doing this activity!

Search for flowers and record the colors with tally marks. Then practice counting, comparing and graphing.

Sorting, Counting, Comparing, and Graphing Data

When you are done with your nature walk and flower hunt, it is time to analyze the data.  We counted up the tally marks in each box. Then we talked about which color flower we found the most and which color we found the least.

Questions to ask:

  • Which color has the most tally marks?
  • Which color has the least tally marks?
  • Do any of the colors have the same amount of tally marks?

To extend the learning, you can also graph your results.

This was such a simple activity, but it was jam packed with learning opportunities!


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Alphabet Activities: Flower Vases by Growing Book by Book
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Lavender Scented Sensory Paint and Pre-Writing Practice for Preschool! by The Preschool Toolbox Blog
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A Honey Bee Craft and Science Activity for Kids from The Educators’ Spin On It
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Chalk Art: Flower Power Letter Matching from Tiny Tots Adventures
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Number Flowers by Still Playing School
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Colors and Numbers Flower Sensory Play for Preschoolers by Life Over C’s
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Ending Word Sound Flowers by Capri + 3
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Finger Print Flowers by Powerful Mothering
Ask your child to make a beautiful flower garden with their fingers, sit back, and watch the magic.

Letter Recognition Flowers by Rainy Day Mum
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