Make an Herb Identification Guide

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Make an herb identification guide: an activity for children of all ages. Before casually touching any plant it’s important to be able to make sure the plant isn’t poisonous or harmful. Herb identification books are a great way to learn about the common herbs that grow in your area. Making an herb identification guide is a great way for kids to thoroughly learn about the growing habitat and uses for particular herbs.

  • Supplies:
  • Cut the paper into 3×5 or 4×6 sizes or just use notecards.
  • Using the encyclopedia or guide books, research various herbs. Choose herbs that grow in your area to study in-depth and use in making a guide.
  • On the front side of each card either draw a picture of the herb or attach a sample that is found. On the back of the card, add relevant information such as: the scientific name, ways to identify the particular herb, whether it is poisonous, what parts are edible (if appropriate), it’s habitat, how to harvest, and favorite uses (culinary, medicinal, cosmetic, or craft).
  • Add chosen information to the back of the card in an organized manner (see below for a sample).
  • If wanting to use samples instead of drawing, go on a foraging expedition on a dry day. Wearing long pants to protect from plants that may cause skin irritations, collect samples found as desired (make sure they are dry when they are picked). Plants can often look similar so be certain it’s not poisonous before touching any plant. Use gloves as desired.
  • Wash hands thoroughly.
  • Dry the sample by using a flower press or by placing it in a telephone book lined with absorbent paper (such as newspaper) and leaving it for 7-10 days. Put another heavy book on top of the telephone book for extra weight if needed. You can also use the microwave method (as shown below) to dry your samples.

  • Once dried, attach dried sample to the left side of your card using washi tape or glue and a toothpick or paint them on with mod podge.
  • Write it’s name under the herb (consider including the scientific name).
  • Laminate or cover the page with clear self-sticking shelf paper and then trim around the edges of the card.
  • Punch a hole in the top left corner and keep together with the metal ring or ribbon.
  • Simply add more cards to your guide as desired.

A sample from herbal flashcards found on Etsy.com

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