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BOTANY Montessori Kids Activities

Parts of the Flower-Nature Anatomy

BOTANY Montessori Kids Activities designed for preschoolers and kindergartners to study plants, flowers, and seeds through hands-on multi-sensorial invitations to learn and play.

Spring is in full bloom, and we cannot stopย admiring all the beauty unfolding in front of our eyes. And discoveries lead to questions: “Where do flowers come from? How do flowersย know when to bloom? How do they get their food? ย What is pollination?” And so forth.ย  Thus, our BOTANY Montessori Kids Activities will explore all these questions hands-on with sensorial invitations, DIYs, and crafts!

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As always, we find our answers in books. Eyewitness Plant book (top-right/buy here) features stunning real-life photographs of flowers, fruits, seeds, leaves, offering young readers a unique eyewitness view of the fascinating world of plants, including plant’s anatomy and growth. 

DSC_0020This amazing Plant book even comes with a Clip Art CD and a large comprehensive 22″ x 30″ wall chart.

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Inspired by the Plantย book’s wall-chart, during our BOTANY Montessori Kids Activities, we are learning parts of the flower hands-on by making a plant using natural play dough. I know there is nothing like home-made playdough, but when we found this one made from wheat flour and colored with all-natural pigments, we had to give it a try! Adrian also got to practice his fine motor skills by tracing the parts of the flowerย labels.


DSC_0200Adrian is learning parts of the flower by referencing a gorgeous book Nature Anatomy (buy all three books in a Collection: Farm Anatomy, Nature Anatomy, and Food Anatomy here). We simply fell in love with Julia Rothman’s writing and illustration style. These three books are like mini-encyclopedias, which your little one (and big ones) would love!

Orchid

We also decided to compare the anatomy of a regular flower with that of an orchid. First, Julia drew parts of the flower inspired by Nature Anatomy book. A trick I told my children to remember stamen vs stigma  is that Mama is in the middle “stigMA” and the male part surrounds it “staMEN.” 

To learn about orchids, we are referring toย Eyewitness Plantย book which features stunning real-life photographs of flowers, fruits, seeds, and leaves, offering young readers a unique eyewitness view of the fascinating world of plants. But first, Julia drew parts of the flower inspired by Nature Anatomy book, which an absolute must for any curious mind. A trick I told my children to remember staMEN vs stigMAย  is that Mama is in the middle “stigMA” and the male part surrounds it “staMEN.”

Orchid

To learn about orchids, we are referring to Eyewitness Plant book which features stunning real-life photographs of flowers, fruits, seeds, and leaves, offering young readers a unique eyewitness view of the fascinating world of plants.

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For more on orchids, see hereย ๐Ÿ’ฆCaring for ๐ŸŒบOrchids at 3 Yo โ€ข Montessori ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸปPractical Life Activity โ€ข Care of the ๐ŸŒEnvironment.

BOTANY Montessori Kids Activities ~ PLANT

DSC_0202We are moving on from the flower to the plant. The top right book with a crocus is Flowers book, while the Eyewitness Plant book offers an in-depth study of the bulb and other plant parts. 

After having explored the parts of the flower withย Nature Anatomyย book, we went out to our yard and dug some Daffodile which had finished blooming already. We then talked about the parts of the plant: such as roots, stem, leaves and a flower. We also inspected the bulb and its parts. Adrian was amazed to find out a large-cupped bulb, similar to a garlic bulb, consistingย of many smaller cloves, capable of producingย many stems per bulb, and, depending on the bulb’s energy reserves, each stem has the potential to grow a flower! And, we found out that we can divide daffodil’s bulb ~ the best time being when the foliage has begun to die back (such feeds the bulb and will ensure healthy bulbs with plenty of stored sugar for the next seasonโ€™s growth).ย ย And so we did. We separated ones that pulled off easy and planted them right away.

DANDELION

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We are also loving Flowers (My First Discoveries) book (bottom-right/buy here), where beautiful transparent overlay pages reveal how buds blossom and flower into fruit, how sunflowers turn to face the sun, and how bees and butterflies settle on spring flowers. 

DSC_0110  Dandelion: from a bud ~ to a flower ~ to a seed.

DSC_0159* IG LfStIf you were to wish on a dandelion, what would it be?

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Flowers book offers bright illustrations and prompts you to get outside and learn hands-on. So, Adrian gathered Dandelions during our nature walks and arranged them in a lifecycle of the plant.

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There must be [a] provision for the child to have contact with nature, to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony and the beauty in itโ€ฆ so that the child may better understand and participate in the marvelous things which civilization creates.

~ย The Secret of Childhood Dr. Maria Montessori

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Inย Flowersย book, detailed and instructive illustrations, together with clear and simple texts, hold childrenโ€™s attention, whilst the overlays on the transparent pages reveal hidden surprises and facilitate understanding. Here, the book’s instructions prompted to pressย a flower between the sheets, and stick it onto book’s pageย once dried. Julia wanted to draw the flower first.

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DSC_0046Inspired by Flowers book, we also explored hands-on edible flowers like saffron, chamomile, and capers. 


BOTANY Montessori Kids Activities SEEDS

ย A Closer Look At A Seed

DSC_0058 A Seed is Sleepy book is a gorgeous book from an award-winning artist and author, offering children a beautiful and informative look at the intricate, complex, and often surprising world of seeds. 

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To make learning hands-on, we are replicating the cycle of the bean seed (buy Cycle of the Green Bean Plant here) using air-play dough which is absolutely amazing! The play dough is non-toxic, eco-friendly, brightly-colored, and is very soft and smooth. It does not stick to your hands and is super stretchy. When the air-dough dries and hardens, the clay stays lightweight, and the magic takes 24 hours to fully harden. (Although note, that within five -minutes of being exposed to air, it will become smooth and non-sticky, so you have to be swift in making your creations! Always store the air-play-dough in an airtight ziplock or it will sry out.)

DSC_0029Adrian’s version of the cycle of the bean.

DSC_0047 “A seed is generous: it gives the baby plant, or embryo, a seed coat to keep it warm.”

DSC_0006 See here Seeds to Plants Matching Activity, referring to the same amazing book.


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What flower or plant books are you reading? See here our Spring Activities roundup in a post “๐ŸŒธSpring ๐ŸŒฑInspired Themed Unit Study.”

DIY Seeds and Grain Storage

DSC_0059-2Are you tired of constantly buying trays and storage boxes! Well, egg- cartons are just awesome for storing and sorting small objects. Here, I have labeled different seeds and grains to study its nutrient and vitamin value.  For more DIYs, see here โœ‚๏ธDIY, Crafts & Materials.

Read here a post “Learning about Seasons” where we were exploring nature’s cycle.

For more on LEAVES identification

Botany Leaf Montessori  Study
Botany Leaf Montessori Study

See a post Learning About ๐Ÿƒ Leaves ย here.

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