Botany – or the study of plants – is a fun subject to study with young children. Teaching kids about plants can be a wonderful way to inspire their knowledge of – and curiosity about – the natural world. Indeed, kids seem to be fascinated by seeds, plants, flowers, trees, and anything else that grows. Lessons on botany can also be tied to information about nutrition, since the plants we eat are intimately connected to our health.
Over time, I have introduced my children to a variety of lessons about plants. As they have gotten older I have adapted the activities to reflect their more sophisticated ability to understand. No doubt the list of activities included below will continue to grow over time as we revisit the study of botany again and again. In the meantime, if you are planning a botany unit study, I hope you’ll find some useful ideas below!
My learning objectives for our botany lessons have grown and changed over time, but have included:
- Kids will know that all the fruits and vegetables we eat come from plants
- Kids will know that plants need water, soil, air, and sunshine to grow
- Kids will know that fruits grow from the flowering part of the plant
- Kids will know that vegetables can be the root, leaf, or any other part of the plant that is not the fruit
- Kids will know that plants grow from seeds
- Kids will know the parts of a seed
- Kids will know the parts of a flower
- Kids will know the parts of a tree
Below you will find all of the botany-related posts that have been featured at Gift of Curiosity.