Spring is a great time to study flowers with your kids. It’s warm enough to grow flowers, flowers are blooming, and the weather is perfect for long walks outside.
5 Fun Ways to Study Flowers with Your Kids
1. Grow Flowers Together
Pick up some seeds at a local store and plant the seeds in a pot. Watch the seeds sprout with your children, and measure the plants as they grow and bloom. Once the flowers are blooming, put them outside, and add a butterfly feeder above them. You can also plant sunflower seeds outside and plan a sunflower unit study. Sunflowers are a lovely flower to enjoy in the fall and kids are fascinated by eating the seeds.
2. Find Flowers on Nature Walks
As you head outside on walks or to the local parks, look for flowers. What types of flowers can you find? Don’t just look for dandelions, keep an eye out for blooming trees. See how many flowers you and your children can name. Can you find roses, lilies, clover, cherry blossoms, and marigolds?
3. Press Flowers
Pressing flowers is an fun and easy way to study flowers with kids. Find clean, dry flowers with no spots or blemishes which mar their beauty. Early in the morning after the dew has dried is the best time to pick them. Put the flowers between two sheets of paper and press them with large, heavy books such as the telephone directory. Don’t use wax paper, as it’s not absorbent enough to draw the moisture out of the flowers. Parchment or another absorbent paper works best.
4. Label Flowers
As you find and press various flowers, take the time to label them. What types of flowers have you found, what are the different parts, and how do you classify flowers? A young child may do well just labeling the various types of flowers. Older children can label the parts and classify the flowers into the two major groups of monocots and dicots.
5. Flower Crafts
Flower crafts are another wonderful way to augment your study of flowers. Try your hand at making a daisy, a watering seed can, or a flower painting with berries. See if you can color using different types of flowers. Check out these marvelous crafts for more flower activities you can do with your kids.
Spring is a marvelous time to study flowers with your children. Plant, press, and label flowers before using them in various crafts.
What is your favorite way to study flowers with your kids?