Have fun discussing the names and basic functions of parts of a plant while decorating this fun picture using various materials.
Materials Needed (Improvise when necessary):
- Colored paper
- Pipe cleaner
- Tissue paper
- White glue
- Colored pencils/crayons/markers
Draw a basic picture of a plant including petals, stem, leaves and roots. Using the various materials let your child decorate the picture while you help them name the parts and explain what they do. We used bits of straw for the stem and roots because the plants use these parts to “suck up” nutrients and water. We used small squares of tissue paper for the petals (older children can use the end of a pencil to push the squares onto the paper and it will look very appealing, my son just crinkled them up and pressed them on). The leaves he simply colored and the center of the flower was a coiled pipe cleaner. As an added element we used sand to texture the soil portion of the picture.
- Lots of opportunities to reinforce names of plant parts and functions
- Fine motor control activities such as cutting and placing objects into the glue
- experience various textures
- basic patterns (in flower petals)
If you do not have the ability to draw a basic plant outline, we found one for you to print at http://www.freeprintablecoloringpages.net/
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