My preschoolers love making books, and I love helping them do so. In addition to being a fun process for my students, book-making is an amazing way to teach so many early literacy concepts. In honor of spring flowers, I put together this free printable book about counting colorful flowers. Perfect for combining literacy with early math concepts.
Some of My Favorite Clip Art
Long before Fun-A-Day came into being, D.J. Inkers has been one of my favorite clip art sources. I received a free copy of the clip art, but let’s be honest – I would’ve purchased it on my own anyway!
I used the font and some of the clip art to make the below printable book for spring.
Colorful Counting Flowers Printable Book
Here’s how we used the “Counting Flowers” emergent reader.
You can, of course, take things in another direction as you see fit. I love seeing what other teachers are doing with the materials I create, so feel free to share pictures on Fun-A-Day’s Facebook page or tag me on Instagram!
Materials you’ll need for the printable book making
Counting Flowers bookmaking directions
Download the free printable (available at the bottom of the post) and print it out.
First, fold each page in half with the text and pictures facing out. Press the folded edges down. The printed sides should be facing out now.
Next, arrange the pages in the correct order, with the “cover” of the book on the top. You should have the folded edges on the right-hand side of the book.
Finally, staple along the left-hand side of the book, where the non-folded edges are located.
Here’s a video showing you how to assemble the reader:
Related: Spring Flower Play Dough Dice Game
Using the printable book with your children
Grab the kiddos and get to book-making! This part of the process will look different with each child, as it really depends on their needs and independence levels. Here’s a possible scenario:
Introduce the book. “We’re going to make a book about counting different colored flowers.”
Take a quick book walk through the printable book. “Let’s take a quick look through the book! Can you help me count the flowers on each page? Look, there are numbers on each page too!”
Locate the color words. “Each page has a different color. Let’s find the color words. This page says ‘I see 1 red flower.’ What do you hear at the beginning of the word ‘red’? Yes, I hear /r/! Which letter makes that sound?”
Underline the color words with the correct colored crayon. Better yet, have the kiddos do so.
Related: Coffee Filter Flower Art and Science
Go through each page and let the children color the flowers based on the text. If they’d like to, the kids can add stems, leaves, and an environment to each page too.
The last page is a rainbow of flowers. Children can use crayons or markers to draw these flowers. We decided to use inked fingerprints to make them this time.
Related: Kid-Made Coffee Filter Flowers
Once the books are done, the kiddos can add them to their book boxes to read over and over (and over!) again. Would your children like making and reading this spring printable book?
Originally published April 2016
Preschool Lesson Plans for Spring
Save time and jump right into hands-on, multi-sensory learning fun with done-for-you lesson plans. Each of our preschool lesson plan packs come with:
- Printable plans (both a one-sheet grid plan and multi-page plans that describe the learning activities)
- Whole group ideas
- Small group activities
- Center time activities
- Book suggestions
- Related printables (read below the photo for specific printables)
- Blank, editable lesson plan outlines in case you want to rearrange a few things on your own!
Click on each photo below to read more about the lesson plans:
Get Your Free Counting Flowers Printable Book