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Now that spring is here, I thought it was time to do a basic botany lesson.
Now, I’m not much of a gardener at all. Obviously I know that plants need soil and water, but my mom – the kids’ grandmum – is the one who knows all about which plants like sun, which plants like shade, and which plants do better in which climates. And since she loves plants and flowers, I decided to involve her in this lesson. The goal of this activity was simply to give my kids some basic knowledge about plants.
Note: For more botany lessons for kids of all ages, see my botany unit study page.
We started by heading out to our local OSH to buy some flowers. Grandmum showed the kids all sorts of different flowers, and we ultimately decided to buy some pansies.
When we got back home, we had to find a place to plant them. I had originally wanted them in our front yard, but Grandmum quickly noted that the dirt was too hard, so we re-adjusted and found a spot in the backyard that would work.
The kids immediately got to work digging in the dirt.
We talked about the importance of making the holes big enough for the plants to fit in. So when the kids thought they had dug their holes big enough, we checked to see if the plants would fit.
Then we put the plants in, and filled in the space with dirt. Grandmum talked with the kids about the importance of patting down the dirt really well in order to get rid of any air around the roots that would dry out the plant.
Altogether, the kids planted 12 pansy plants.
Although the goal of this activity was really for the kids to learn about plants, the flowers also really brightened up the dirt patch we had!
Of course, the kids are also learning that all living things need water to survive, and plants are no exception. So they have been helping to water the plants the last few days.
I’m excited for them to take care of what they have created and to watch the plants flourish!
More botany resources for kids
More botany posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Teaching kids where food comes from
- Dyeing flowers
- Dissecting flowers
- Vegetable people craft
- Sprouting seeds
- Do seeds need light to grow?
- How leaves breathe
- How leaves get water
- Why do leaves change colors?
- Gardening do-a-dot printables
- Leaf rubbings book