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I often as a basic skills task have  my students draw flowers, color them and then cut them out.  It is a task that I can have most of my kids in therapy do and then modify it for difficulty and change things if I want to work on one specific thing.  Sometimes it can surprise you by how hard a simple activity can be.

I drew a flower that I wanted them to copy.  It is helpful to the kids for me to draw it for them first so that they see what I expect it to look like and the general shapes that I will be having them draw.


I had him draw his own flower first and then cut it out.  I then made it easier by giving him a simpler flower that I had drawn and had him cut it out.

Here is another student’s flower.
I have found it interesting when doing this activity with a variety of students that some student that have autism take the cutting out part very literally and they will cut out each petal of the flower individually.  It gives some insight into their thoughts.
In case you want to have the flower already drawn and ready to color and cut, here is a template.
  • paper
  • pencil
  • crayons
  • scissors
Skills worked on:
  • fine-motor
  • visual-perceptual
  • visual-motor
  • bimanual


  • have them copy it up on a vertical surface such as white board, chalk board, or sliding glass door
  • make easier by having them just cut a circle around the flower
  • make it easier by having them trace your flower
  • make harder by doing a more detailed drawing with more petals

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Tonya is a pediatric Occupational Therapist, and loves creating things to work on skills and solve problems.
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