Green Thumbs

Green Thumbs lesson plan

  • 1.

    Visit a greenhouse, floral design center, home, or office where green thumbs are evident. Ask children to list things they saw and smelled: refrigerators, plants in pots, floral arrangements, bags of soil, ribbons, empty pots, cash register, telephone, ho

  • 2.

    Find out about plant-care jobs: greenhouse workers, sales clerks, floral designers, truck drivers. Which jobs rely on math? Botany? Art?

  • 3.

    Ask parents to contribute empty plastic plant pots and flower vases.

  • 4.

    Think of all the things you see at a plant store. What do you need to set up a pretend plant business?

  • 5.

    To make signs and money: With your friends, decide what to call your plant store. Write the name in big letters with Crayola® Washable Markers on a large sheet of construction paper.

  • 6.

    Cut white construction paper into money-sized rectangles with Crayola® Scissors. Draw faces and other designs on your bills with markers.

  • 7.

    To make plants: Choose different colors of green construction paper. Draw leaves with markers. Cut them out.

  • 8.

    On white construction paper, draw bright flowers and cut them out. Fill in both sides.

  • 9.

    With Crayola® School Glue, attach flowers and leaves to drinking-straw stems. Dry overnight.

  • 10.

    Artistically arrange leaves and flowers in a pot or vase.


  • Asking Questions
  • Vocabulary
  • Physical: Balance
  • Physical: Eye - Hand Coordination
  • Physical: Senses
  • Physical: Small Muscles
  • Social & Emotional: Pretend Play
  • Thinking: Creating
  • Thinking: Observing
  • Thinking: Understanding Concepts