One of our favorite activities in our Learning Garden programming this summer was our discussion-based "Parts of a Plant" exercise. Much like it sounds, the exercise asks the children to identify the six basic parts of a plant, discuss their individualized purpose, and to classify various food items as root, stem, leaf, flower, fruit, or seed.
Regardless of age or botanical experience, the activity encourages the kids to work together in identifying common foods as essential components of an entire organism and even-larger ecosystem. Best of all, this exercise can be used just about anytime or place! Continue the activity at farmers markets, restaurants, grocery stores, community gardens, and other local farms.
Media (text and image) created and published by Rebekah Carter 2010.