Spring is for flowers and gardens. Start by learning about seeds. Move on to parts of a plant and parts of a flower. Learn about gardening, and maybe even plant a garden of your own. This topic of study is ripe with hands-on learning opportunities! Let’s jump on in! I’ve rounded up a great list of resources to study gardens, plants, and seeds.
The first logical place to start is to learn about seeds.
- Activities for The Tiny Seed | Go Explore Nature
- Dissect a seed | Buggy and Buddy
- Observing Seeds with Printable | The Home School Scientist
- 18 Books About Seeds for Kids | Fantastic Fun and Learning
- Seed Sorting Trays | Fantastic Fun and Learning
- Seed Medallions | Child Central Station
- The Tiny Seed Unit with Printables | The Educator’s Spin On It
- Learning About Seeds for Toddlers and PreK with printable Seed Journal | Spell Out Loud
- You could even have a seed planting party! | Kinder Days
Now that you’ve explored the seeds, you could try planting some indoors so you can watch them grow.
- How to make seed starter pots from newspaper | My Blessed Life
- Egg Heads with Cress Hair | Nurture Store
- Plant Pals | Spoonful
Now that you’ve planted some seeds, it’s time to study the parts of a plant.
- Try planting seeds in a ziplock baggie so that the kids can ‘see’ that parts of a plant from the start. | Teach Preschool
- Kids can record their observations in this free printable observation journal from Following First Grade.
- One of my favorite “parts of a plant” books is Tops and Bottoms. Check out what happens when a lazy farmer bear meets a crafty bunny who need to feed his family.
- After reading Tops and Bottoms, you can do this fun Eating the Parts of a Plant activity from MPM School Supplies.
- Try your hand at regrowing celery from the top of the plant. | Our Life
- Now try regrowing a pineapple. We’ve tried this without success, but maybe you’ll have better luck. | Food Oddity
- As you study the parts of a plant, this is a good time to discuss the concept and process of photosynthesis. | The Inspired Classroom
- Or, they can print this page out and label the parts of a plant.
Now that your plants have begun to grow, it’s time to talk about flowers. There are lots of hands-on ways to learn the parts of a flower.
- One of my favorite flower-themed picture books is Miss Rumphius. Check out this great hands-on unit study. | School Time Snippets
- How to study flowers | Teachers of Good Things
- I did this “flower parts and their jobs” project with Em years ago during our plant unit. | The Inspired Classroom
- Flower Parts You Can Eat! | The Inspired Classroom
- Have your kiddos make this “parts of a flower” chart. | Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
- Here’s a great “parts of a flower” printout.
So, we’ve covered seeds and plants and flowers. What’s next? Let’s talk about gardening. My kids have loved helping me in my garden past years. They love helping to put the seeds in the ground. They don’t love the weeding part, but they do love eating the “fruits” of their labor. This is a great real-living way to learn all there is about seeds and plants and flowers.
- Preschoolers will love playing in this garden sensory bin. | Fantastic Fun and Learning
- Great Book List of Garden-Themed Books | The Artful Parent
- I love this table-top garden activity, and I may do it with Em this spring. | Hearts and Trees
- Emma wants to plant her own garden this year near her swing set. This mini garden planner for kids is a great printable packet for her to plan exactly what she wants. | Harrington Harmonies
While you’re in the garden, now is the perfect time to talk to your kids about worms. Worms are so beneficial for healthy soil. You can teach them with this mini earthworm unit. After they know how worms help, you can help them create their own worm farm. You can find instructions at A Mom with a Lesson Plan. Of course, you can’t learn about worms without creating a “dirt” cup with “worms.”