Teaching kids about flowers is an amazing experience. Beginning with a beautiful book focused on the earth followed by the botany lesson on the parts of the flower is the perfect way to introduce preschool flower activities.
Preschool Activities with Flower
Here are the steps I took to help my child learn about the anatomy of a flower:
- Start with a book: Introduce any life science work, especially a new one, with a book that will hook the child. My Montessori instructor introduced me to Susan Jeffers' Brother Eagle, Sister Sky, a fabulous book to introduce children to our connection to the earth.
- Examine a real flower by touching, smelling and then dissecting it
- Know the terms for the flower and repeat these parts to your child
- Allow your child time to color the flower using Botany Puzzles as a guide. I traced the parts of a flower puzzle but there are free printables online.
- Press a flower for safe shelf keeping and further observation. In my Montessori program, I was taught to simply flattened a flower onto a piece of construction paper and covered it with contact paper. You could laminate it too.
More Activities to Learn about Flowers
- Flower transfer (with flowers that had fallen to the ground in our yard) with tongs for Practical Life
- Work with this botany puzzle for Sensorial
- Using the same flowers in our tonging exercise to work on seriation exercises in Math, matching 4 flowers to a card with the number 4
- Explore Culture and Geography by looking at flowers from around the world. I am in the process of making these cards to do matching with our world map
- Language is always integrated into learning. I printed and laminate nomenclature cards for Parts of the Flower (you can download them for free on The Helpful Garden's website) and for types of flowers.
- Art: My older son in particular loves to paint. I am excited to introduce a few artists to him in the next few weeks. We planted a sunflower seed a few weeks ago that is now sprouting so I think Van Gogh's sunflowers will be a great fit for an art project.
The Sequence of Activities
Montessori Life Science Sequence
The recommended life science sequence is:
So for this activity, the sequence might be:
- Group presentation with concrete material (real flowers or replicas)
- Individual presentation with concrete materials (real or replicas)
- Nomenclature cards
Learning about Parts of a Flower with Kids
Isn't Botany great?
Last week we dove into exploring the Parts of a Flower with a few simply introductory activities. This week, we're diving a little bit deeper. Any activity that gets a child moving his hands, or his body in any way actually, is great for brain development and tuning skills, such as the fine motor skills.
What are the Parts of the Flower?
Peduncle – The stalk of a flower.Receptacle: The part of a flower stalk where the parts of the flower are attached.
Sepal – The outer parts of the flower (often green and leaf-like) that enclose a developing bud.
Petal – The parts of a flower that are often conspicuously colored.
Pistil – the female part of the flower located in the center of the flower
Stigma – the sticky knob at the top of the pistil
Style – also a female part of the flower; the long stalk that supports the stigma
Ovary – usually at the base of the flower; the part of the flower that has the seeds that turn into the fruit that we eat
Ovules – female egg cells located in the ovary
Stamen – the male part of the flower
Anther – produces pollen
Filament – supports the anther
What is the Male Part of the Flower?
The “male” part is called the stamen, the part of the flower that produces pollen. It is composed of the filament and the anther.
What is the Female Part of the Flower?
The “female” or seed-bearing part is called the pistil and is composed of the ovary, the stigma, and the style. A flower may have exclusively male parts, exclusively female parts, or commonly, both.
Materials Needed for Botany Activity
Before I presented the tray to my son, I traced the Montessori Parts of the Flower Botany Puzzle onto a clean sheet of white paper. You can have your child do this tracing too. My son asked me why I did it myself. So, from here on out, he will do the tracing of the puzzles.
I presented him a tray with the “coloring sheet”, three Colored Pencils and the botany puzzle so that he could move from left to right (reading and writing preparation). The first thing he did was to place the parts of the flower onto the traced coloring page explaining to his younger brother the various parts as he placed the parts in their appropriate area of the puzzle template. His eyes immediately saw to take that step whereas I was going to sprint right by it. Then he placed the pieces back into the puzzle template and began coloring.
This Montessori Parts of a Flower activity is simple and involves multiple steps to truly get the child thinking about the parts of a flower. I like tracing integration because this act really helps to work fine motor skills and writing preparation. In the end, you will have a sweet color pencil art piece of the Parts of the Flower puzzle. The next step will involve the freehand drawing of the puzzle.
Thank you for reading today!