Last year, at this time, I was super pumped to teach my kids different parts of the plant.
Wondering what inspired me? No, they were not textbooks or course material. I saw a lot of kids plucking leaves, flowers and sometimes an entire plant in a playground nearby. When I tried to stop them, they asked me a reason and suggested that it’s a fun activity
I was disheartened. There is an evident lacunae in our teaching methods. While our kids read about the ecosystem and environment, they are not engaged in activities that can sensitize them towards the environment.
And, this is how I decided to begin teaching them about our ecosystem.
In this post, I will discuss 5 easy and quick activities to teach parts of the plant to kids. These activities not only help in understanding parts of plants, but its importance as well.
1. Let’s grow a plan and document it
Being able to watch a plant grow and bloom will be an exciting experience for your kids.
They will have a lot of questions and you can take this opportunity to teach them about plants. In fact, I used this activity to teach my kids responsibility, as they had to care for the plants, water them and ensure they are getting enough sunlight.
For this activity, take your kids out to shop for several seeds (for example, money plant, tulsi, tomatoes etc) , clear containers (so you can watch the roots grow) and soil.
Take out a weekend to plant these in the pots and keep them in your children’s’ room. Let them document how the plan is growing. Talk about it every time there is noticeable growth.
Also, every time you talk with your kid, ensure that you highlight the importance of plants and what they give us.
2. 3D plant craft or craft a plant
This is a great playground activity and inspired from Teach Junkie.
Take an A4 sized paper and divide it into 4 parts. Write down a part of a plant inside each square – seed, flower, stems, leaves, roots etc.
Give that paper to your kid and ask them to fill up each block with a real plant part. For example, if it is a leaf, kids can pluck one leaf (or take one lying on the ground) to paste it there. [Please ensure that they don’t pluck too many of any parts, after all, we are also teaching them not to do that]
It will look like this –
Source: Teach Junkie
There is another alternative to this activity.
Instead of finding real parts of the plant and pasting it, ask your kids to find objects around the house and create a plant showcasing the parts of that plant.
For example, use watermelon seeds to show seeds, paper cut out to show leaves, straw to show a stem etc. Paste all these parts together on a chart paper to form a complete plant. Something like this –
Source: Teach Junkie
To add some fun element to this activity (once your child starts understanding different parts), you can teach them about the edible parts. A lot of kids (and even adults!) are unaware of how many parts of a plant can you really eat.
This addition to the activity helps them understand that plants are the primary source of food and they should not uproot or pluck from trees for fun.
3. Picture dictionary
There are two ways of doing this activity.
You can ask kids to create a dictionary which pertains to different parts of the plant. For example, seeds, stem, leaves, roots etc.
You can ask them to create a pictionary dictionary wherein they paste pictures of different parts and name them.
As they grow, you can keep adding vocabulary to this dictionary. For example, add different processes related to plants (photosynthesis, pollination etc) and make it comprehensive.
4. Nature walk
There is absolutely nothing better than a nature walk.
Go for a walk and point out various parts of the trees or plants. As the kid becomes more and more comfortable with the concepts, point and ask them to name the part.
You can also ask them to teach you parts of the plant while walking. This way, you can point out different parts and ask them questions.
5. YouTube Channels [Dr. Bincos Show]
Songs, poems and videos can make concepts so darn easy to remember and understand.
It is so easy to put on a song or a video and catch children’s’ attention. As a kid, I learned a lot from videos.
Dr. Bincos Show is one of my favorites, you can watch this super awesome video that teaches parts of plants to kids.
Which one of above activity are you planning to implement? Do you have more ideas for simplifying parts of the plant for kids? We would love to hear from you.