Parts of a Flower Science Exploration for Preschool and Kindergarten

Children explore the parts of a flower by examining an unpotted plant in this science exploration and sensory activity. 

Parts of a Flower Science Exploration

What you need:

Parts of a Flower printable
Potted flower
Spray bottle
Magnifying glasses

Parts of a Flower Printable

What you do:

Preschool Activities: 

Choose a potted plant that is safe and non-toxic. Here we use a Cosmos plant. Post the Parts of a Flower Poster where children can clearly see the words. Introduce the potted plant and review the visible parts: flower, petals, seeds, leaves, and stem. Ask children if they know what each part does to help the flower grow and reproduce. Take several responses and define the work of each flower part.

  • Flower: The flower and its petals attract insects and birds. These animals move pollen from flower to flower, which helps the flowers produce new seeds. 
  • Stem: The stem supports the flower and carries nutrients and water to the leaves. 
  • Leaves: The leaves use light from the sun to turn nutrients from the soil into food for the flower.
  • Seeds: The seeds produce new flowers. 

Preschool Activities: 

Then, unpot the plant and place it on the tray. Spritz the tray with water so that the plant stays hydrated. Point to the exposed roots and ask children if they know how the roots help the flower grow. Define the work of the roots.

  • Roots: The roots hold the flower in the ground and pull water and nutrients from the soil, which they transport to the stem. 

Preschool Activities: 

Place the unpotted flower with the poster in a science center where children can look at the parts up close with magnifying glasses and gently touch each part.

Preschool Activities: 

Once all children have had a chance to explore the flower and its parts, find a place outside where children can help plant it in the ground. Follow up with the following movement activity to reinforce concepts learned.

Roots and Stem and Leaves and Flower Movement Activity

Roots and Stem and Leaves and Flower

Author Unknown
(Tune: Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes)

  • Roots: Bend and point to feet
  • Stem: Stand up straight with hands by sides
  • Leaves: Raise arms up and out
  • Flower: Cup hands around face

Roots and stem and leaves and flower, leaves and flower,

Roots and stem and leaves and flower, leaves and flower,

Roots and stem and leaves and flower --

These are the parts of a plant.

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