You can use this activity to teach about the parts of a flower. It could easily be used for elementary or high school depending on how many parts you expect the kids to memorize.
- 7 sheets tissue paper in any color cut into 6 x 12 rectangles
- 1 sheet green tissue paper cut into a 6 x 12 rectangle
- pipe cleaners in yellow, orange, and green
1. Lay the sheets of tissue paper on top of each other, with the green on the bottom.
2. Fold the sheets accordion style.
3. Cut the yellow pipe cleaner in half and the orange in thirds. Wrap the yellow pieces around the end of the green, leaving about one and a half inches on the end of the green, so that there are four yellow pieces sticking up. Wrap the orange around the green and yellow join to make one piece of orange sticking up in the center.
4. Wrap the end of the green stem, near the yellow and orange pieces, around the center of the accordion folded tissue paper.
5. Carefully pull up each individual layer of tissue paper to make your flower.
6. Adjust the pipe cleaner pieces so the orange piece sticks up in the center with the yellow pieces surrounding it.
Now learn the parts of a flower. Here’s a diagram to guide you:
The green pipe cleaner is the stem. The green tissue paper represents the sepals. The colored tissue paper pieces are the petals. The yellow pipe cleaners are the stamens (male plant parts). And the orange pipe cleaner is the stigma (female plant parts).
Older kids can also find the ovary, receptacle, anthers, pistil, style, peduncles and filaments.
You can also get some real flowers and pick them apart and dissect them to find all the parts you learned about. Use a magnifying glass to see better.
- The anthers on the end of the pistils contain the pollen for a flower. Learn more about allergies and how pollen and other things can make people sick.
- Learn about how insects, animals, and mechanical processes (like wind) are used for pollination.
- Learn about seeds and how flowers make them and how a seed germinates. Try growing some seeds.
- Artists, such as Georgia O’Keefe and many of the Impressionists along with others, painted flowers. Look at some of their art and learn more about them.
- Try painting a flower yourself.
- Use some real flowers and count the number of petals. Are there even or odd numbers? See if flowers of one type all have the same number of petals or if it changes. Check with several types of flowers.
- Make a list of the types of plants whose seeds or fruits you eat. Where is the flower? Where is the seed made? What do you think the purpose of the fruit is from the point of view of the flower?
- Cook something with seeds in it.