Here are some ways to make you and your child’s flower-growing experience more educational and personalized:|
Above: Antelope Horn Milkweed Seed Pod photo courtesy: Kircus, Marilyn. milkweed.jpg. 2004. My eCoach® eLibrary. Online. Available. 6 August 2009. <https://my-ecoach.com>
- Before you start this project, go on a neighborhood walk or to a plant nursery. Show your child different flowers. Describe to your child that flowers need sun, soil, and water to grow big and strong. Tell your child the flower names. Use the flowers as a way to introduce/teach colors, too.
- Teach your child to point at and not touch the flowers or seeds unless you are there to help them.
- If you plant a lot of seeds outside, maybe make a scarecrow with your child to keep the birds away.
- As you go through the propagation process, tell you child that this is their seed/flower. They love showing that they can help so let them help determine if the flower needs water and let them water the flower.
- Once the seedling goes to flower, teach them about bees and the sound a bee makes.
- If you have several containers, have your child give one of their flowers to a friend. Your child will like being able to present someone with a gift they helped with.
- Take a photo of your child with their flowers.
- Dry some of the flowers and press. You can use the flowers in different art projects later on.
- Once the flower goes to seed, have your child help collect, dry and store seeds for next year.
- Teach your child that flowers can fruit trees and vegetable plants also have flowers. Once pollinated, these can become fruit and vegetables. Take them to a farm or a nursery to show them examples.