Flower Arranging

Maria Montessori believed that education should be an “aid to life”. It is with this philosophy in mind that she developed the “practical life” component of her curriculum. Practical life activities provide young children with opportunities to develop cognitive and fine-motor skills, while developing a sense of independence and confidence in their ability to have a positive impact on their environment.

One of my favorite practical life activities is flower arranging. Equipped with baskets, scissors and the understanding that they needed to cut flowers with long stems, the girls spent time in the garden collecting flowers. When they brought in the treasures they found, I set up a tray for them with their flowers, vases and scissors (you could also add a small pitcher of water). They had a great time perfecting their own arrangements. They also loved picking just the right spot in the house to display their masterpieces!

Materials & Resources

Flower Arranging 101
Importance of Practical Life Activities – Montessori World
Flower Arranging with Montessori Mama


With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.


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