Children are naturally curious about the world around them. Fuelling this curiosity will instil a passion for learning and be a great tool in their lives. Kids often learn many things without even realising it. The best way to teach young children is through fun activities. Experience and activity-based learning help children retain information and apply it.
Nature is an excellent source for teaching. Showing kids the different parts of a plant is a great way to expose them to learning about nature. In this article, we will show the importance of teaching kids about plants along with ways to teach them how to name parts of a plant.
Parts of Plant for Kids
The main components of a plant that children can understand are the flowers,stem , leaves, and roots. Each of these parts plays an essential role in the growth and development of the plant. Here is what you should teach each child about these parts and their functions:
- Flowers are where you can find the colourful part of a plant. Pollination occurs at the flower so that fruit can grow and new plants can be produced.
- The stem connects the different parts of the plant and takes food, water, and minerals around.
- The leaves feed for the rest of the plant by absorbing light, carbon dioxide, and water, then changing it into food.
- Roots are the part of the plant that is under the soil. They act as an anchor for the plant by keeping it attached to the soil so it can absorb water and nutrients.
Activities for Teaching Kids About the Parts of the Plant
Arts and Crafts
There are many ways to incorporate learning about the parts of the plant into arts and crafts. You can use the different plant parts as art materials or create plant-inspired crafts where you and your child label the different parts. These activities are a twist on your child’s ordinary doodles and art projects because they include important information for them to learn.
It is extremely easy to get outside and take your child on a nature walk. This walk can be through the neighbourhood or a local park. While there, have your child point out the different plants they can find and identify the parts.
Watching a plant grow from seeds to a flower allows kids to see natural changes with their own eyes. While the plants grow, children can see how the stem grows taller and taller, and a bud turns into a flower. It is also a bonding experience between parent and child as it is an activity you can do together.
Read Plant-Related Children’s Books
Introduce your children to plants with vibrant pictures of plants and fun stories found in children’s books. Children’s books creatively teach kids in a way that is interesting and fun for them. Use a book as a tool to teach your child the different parts of a plant. You can easily find children’s books about plants at your local bookstore or online.
Importance of Learning About Plants in Child Development
Instilling a love and sense of care for nature is an important thing to do while kids are still young. Being out with nature also has developmental benefits as it helps develop children’s fine motor skills with activities like picking flowers and planting seeds. It is also a form of sensory stimulation with all the different smells and pretty colours found in a garden. Children will get familiar with the feel of different touches as they dig in the soil and touch the plant leaves. Learning the names of different plants and their parts will expand the kids’ vocabulary while also broadening their knowledge of something they previously didn’t know about.
Learning about plants and nature also has benefits for children’s social development. Taking care of plants requires patience and gentleness. Sometimes kids tend to play rough and expect immediate results, but when planting seeds, you must be gentle in your actions and patient when waiting for growth. It can also teach kids about responsibility. You can not expect a plant to grow without your care, whether watering or ensuring it gets the right amount of sunlight. Having a garden or a potted plant is an excellent tool for teaching kids about what it is like to have responsibilities.
If you are looking for a daycare that will help teach your child about nature and plants, contact The Learning Experience (TLE) Centre to find a location near you. Learn more about The Learning Experience in East Finchley here!
The Learning Experience – East Finchley Day Nursery and Preschool
250 East End Rd
London N2 8AU