learning monkeys: Pretend Play Inspired By Tulips


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This past week V, T, & I were able to visit this lovely site!  I have never seen so many beautiful tulips in one place.  Although I was able to capture some of the beauty on film, the pictures really do not do it justice.  There is NOTHING like seeing the real thing right in front of you!  I was so inspired by this tulip farm (hehe mama inspiration translates to over 1400 photos taken) and V wouldn’t stop talking about the “tuwhips”.

We got to see some friends we haven’t seen in a while and the kiddos got to try on some clogs, got to pick some tulips, and then for the special treat, they…

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saw little baby ducks.  This was the highlight of the trip (besides the tulips of course :)

So, onto the fun, shall we!  This is where my inspiration led me!!

This printable started as a simple “let’s plant some tulips” fun, but it quickly turned into a counting/number recognition and number tracing activity.  Once I saw the fun V was having with it, I kept adding more aspects to it.

So, behold, the final result.

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  • tulip printable – print 2 (see below to print)
  • dirt & watering can printable (see below to print)
  • pot printable (see below to print)
  • directional number tracing printable (see below to print)
  • counting/number recognition numbers printable (see below to print)
  • 7 sheets of white cardstock (for printing above files)
  • 1.5” circle punch
  • sticky tack
  • scissors
  • dry erase crayons or dry erase markers
  • X-ACTO Knife
  • double stick tape
  • optional: laminator & 7 lamination sheets (I always laminate all my activity printables for V to withstand the test of toddler time!)


  • Print out your 6 printable sheets (see below to print); two tulip sheets, one dirt & watering can sheet, one pot sheet, one directional number tracing sheet, & one counting/number recognition numbers sheet.
  • Laminate all 6 printable sheets + the extra 7th blank sheet.
  • Cut out all 20 tulips (10 per sheet) and the watering can & dirt (don’t forget to also cut the square below the dirt, this is the tab to insert it into the pot).
  • Using your 1.5” circle punch, punch out the 1-20 numbers on the counting/number recognition numbers sheet (you could also cut these out individually – but a punch makes it a lot easier ;).
  • Using your X-ACTO knife cut out a small sliver in the pot opening (where it says “cut here”), so that the tulips can go in the pot.
  • Attach the laminated extra 7th blank sheet to the back of the pot sheet making a pocket on the front for the tulips placed into the pot.
  • Using a small piece of sticky tack, place on front of pot (this will hold the numbers on for the counting activity).


This is how we did it:

1) V selected a number on the directional number tracing sheet.  She then traced her choice using a dry erase marker.  After that, she searched in the pile of number circles for the same number, and then placed the number circle on the front of the pot on top of the sticky tack.


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2) She then placed the soil in the pot & proceeded to count out the number of tulips that corresponded to the circle on the front of the pot.

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3) After she placed her tulips, she verified the accurate number and then watered her tulips.

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We then did this for EACH number :)  After the first couple of numbers, once she got the hang of it, she was then able to complete this activity all on her own.

What are they learning?

  • pretend play
  • plant growth
  • counting
  • number recognition
  • number tracing
  • handwriting
  • fine motor skills
  • scissor skills (if your child is cutting out the tulips themselves)


10 tulips (print two sheets for 20)

dirt and watering can

planting pot

directional number tracing sheet with numbers 1-20

1-20 numbers for counting/number recognition

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Looking for more learning monkey printables?!

Make sure you check out these past kiddo-friendly printables…

{Dr. Seuss Inspired} One Fish Two Fish Counting Game



ABC Alphabet Cards



Fall Leaves Matching Game

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Still looking for more?!

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  1. This is so sweet and fun!! I love it! And the tulip farm? Beautiful! I wish we had one here, that is seriously amazing. Love the photos too! So pretty!

    • thanks Britni :) If you were my neighbor I’d bring you & the little one!!! See, now you NEED to be my neighbor (hint hint) ;) xx

  2. Awesome printables, Melissa! Thanks for so generously sharing them! I featured your post as the Free Printable of the Day at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LivingMontessoriNow (and on Pinterest).

  3. I was inspired by your beautiful tulip printable idea, my daughter is into addition and subtraction so I made something similar with math equations. I linked up your idea on my blog post! :) http://www.rockabyebutterfly.com/2013/05/tulip-math.html

  4. Wow, I just discovered your site via Pinterest. What a beautiful printable you have – thanks so much for sharing!

  5. So lovely! Thank you so much for sharing :) Pinned!

  6. Thanks so much for sharing. This is great.

  7. Melissa! This is absolutely amazing! And that tulip farm – wow. Breathtaking!


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