We all probably remember the parts of a flower from out 8th grade biology class: You have the stem – which is comprised of the xylem, phloem, cambium, and vascular bundles – the leaves, the sepal, receptacle, the pistil (the female parts of the flower, made up of the stigma, style, ovary, and ovule), the stamen (the male parts of the flower – includes the anther and filament), and the petals.
The Pathfinders class got to compare and contrast the native-growing flowers found along the hiking paths at the nature center. We discussed as a group what was important to flowers’ survival, and then talked about whether or not the pretty colors of the petals had anything to do with a flower’s success.
We came back to the center and had our snacks, then started in our crafts. They were both fairly simple. For the first one, we made tissue-paper flowers. The second craft was a lot fun: we made basic flowers using paint and celery sticks (the celery sticks acted as stamps). This was a huge hit with the kids. It stretched their creative and abstract-thinking abilities, by forcing them to think of an object’s usefulness outside of it’s normal function. Easy, age-appropriate, and fun. The kids initially did not know how they were going to make flowers using celery sticks, but then slowly we figured out that we could use the semi-circle shape of the plant to “stamp” the petals.
Thanks for reading! It’s always fun with the Pathfinder’s class!