Pause for Thought: Beautiful Flowers
So much colour and variety
by Jan Edmunds (video recording by Rebecca Parkinson)
Suitable for Whole School (Pri)
To encourage an appreciation of the beauty of flowers.
Preparation and materials
- You will need to have the means available to play the video below. It is 1.22 minutes long.
- You will need the flower identification charts found at: https://tinyurl.com/y84z342m and https://tinyurl.com/y7d9tsv8
- You will also need the PowerPoint slides that accompany this assembly (Pause for Thought - Beautiful Flowers) and the means to display them.
- Optional: for the ‘Extension activities’ section, you may need some flowers, stems and leaves, white paper, tissue paper, a newspaper and a heavy book (flower-pressing activity); some seeds, some compost and a flowerpot (grow-your-own flower activity); and paper, writing materials and some colouring pencils and pens (craft-based flower activity).
Point out the amazing variety of flowers there is to see!
Explain to the children that you are going to show them pictures of eight different flowers. Tell them that you would like them to look at the charts and see whether they can identify the name of each flower.
Show the slides Pause for Thought - Beautiful Flowers.
(The answers are tulip, lily, dahlia, anemone, iris, gerbera, hydrangea and buttercup.)
Time for reflection
Remind the children that just as all the flowers are different and amazing, so, too, people are all different, but all wonderfully made. Just as flowers can brighten our day when we see them, so, too, each of us can brighten other people’s days by our care and our attitudes.
You may wish to use the following prayer.
We thank you, God, for the beauty of flowers.
Giving flowers shows that we care.
Flowers can brighten our day and fill our hearts with gladness.
Please help us to be like flowers to other people,
Brightening their day and bringing joy to those around us.
‘All things bright and beautiful’, available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5Cnf0UyHDY (2.35 minutes long)
‘Sing a song of flowers’, available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAcDUEgMgmY (1.16 minutes long)
- Why not research some different types of flowers? There is a searchable list of over 300 types of flowers at: https://florgeous.com/types-of-flowers/
You could create a Top Ten countdown of your favourite flowers as a PowerPoint presentation.
- If you don’t mind waiting a week or so to get results, give flower-pressing a go! Instructions are available at: https://tinyurl.com/y9hgtkjz
- Grow your own flowers at home. If you don’t have a garden, you can grow them indoors if you have a windowsill that gets some sun. Sunflowers are a great flower to start with - and the seeds are available from food shops if garden centres are still closed.
- Get making! There are many craft-based flower activities available at: https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/flowers