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Anatomy of a flower: an activity for children of all ages. Visit a local flower field or nursery in your area if you are able. Take pictures of a variety of flowers to put in your garden journal. In this activity, children will learn the parts of a flower and the functions of those parts. To learn more about flowers, you can use the following resources: Nature Anatomy (p. 62-67) by Julia Rothman, The Usborne Illustrated Dictionary of Science by Corinne Stockley, and Flowers by David Burnie.
- gardening journal
- pen or pencil
- art medium of your choice (colored pencils, watercolors, etc.)
- camera (optional)
- magnifying glass
- Choose a flower (consider choosing lavender or your state flower), then draw the flower and label each part.
- For younger children: Have them tell you about the functions or role of as many parts of the flower as they are able.
- For older children: Dissect a flower. Use a magnifying glass if necessary, to see the intricate details and designs. Then have them write about the function or role of each part of the flower.
- If you have taken pictures, place them in the garden journal and write memories made and lessons learned from your visit to a flower field or nursery.
- Research the details and any pertinent facts of the flower chosen: find where it originated from, it’s uses, it’s habitat, when it blooms. Learn it’s scientific name.
- Feel free to add poems, recipes, memories, or quotes about flowers to your garden journal as well.