We filled our heart with twin footprints, but this template could just as easily be used as a frame for a photo, a picture or some writing. Don’t forget to check the captions on the bottom before printing—there are 6 different options!
These bright easy to grow flowers have all sorts of intriguing qualities…..
COOL FACTS ABOUT SNAPDRAGONS:
- The name ‘Snapdragon’ (also sometimes known as the dragon flowers) comes from their supposed resemblance to a dragon’s head. In Asia, snap dragons are called “rabbit’s lips”, and in Holland “lion’s lips!”
- They are native to the rocky areas of Europe, the United States and North Africa.
Things that grow quickly and end up taller than yourself are always impressive, so sunflowers are definitely on the list…
FUN SUNFLOWER ACTIVITIES:
- Plant your seeds in a circular pattern – when they’re fully grown you’ll have a hut! (you might need to provide some supports)
- When the sunflower head has dried, carefully brush off the florets to reveal the seeds. If you’re really careful, you can make a pattern (maybe a face or your initials) while removing the florets.
- Removing the seeds with a pair of tweezers is also a fun fine motor skill challenge that will keep a little one busy for ages!
- You could use some of your seeds in a home made bird feeder (they love sunflower seeds)
In the photo (above left) you can clearly see all the tiny individual florets that make up a sunflower head (with the white seeds underneath). The photo on the right shows the sunflower seeds being removed from the flower head.
COOL SUNFLOWER FACTS INCLUDE:
- If you look really closely at a sunflower, you’ll find that the single flower head is actually made of many tiny flowers called florets! When viewed together these central florets create a “false flower”. This design helps pollinating insects and birds to easily see the sunflower. Each little floret will turn into a seed.
- The stem of a sunflower can grow up to 3 m (10 ft) tall and the flower head can be 30 cm (11.8 in) wide.
- The florets in the sunflower are arranged in an interconnecting spiral pattern (the number of left and right spirals are consecutive Fibonacci numbers)
- There are two kinds of sunflower seeds – black and striped. Sunflower oil (which is used in cooking and margarine) is made from black seeds, and snack food is made from the striped seeds.
- The sunflower is native to the America’s and was used extensively by Native American Indians (for food, as oil, in bread, for medicinal purposes, dyes and body paints).
These flowers are bright, easy to grow and edible! The large seeds are also easy for little hands to sow.FUN NASTURTIUM ACTIVITIES:
- Did you know every part of the plant is edible? Leaves, stalks, seeds and flowers! The addition of flowers to your salad (or straight off the plant) is always a good talking point, and the kids love the drama of daring each other to try the peppery/water cressy flavour (and all the shrieking and hilarity that this causes…!) Young tender leaves are less peppery than older ones.
- You can even use green nasturtium seeds and pods as a substitute for capers – pop a few onto your next pizza!
- If the peppery flavour is not to your taste, show your children how to nibble the end of the tube at the back of the flower and suck out the sweet nectar – yum!
- Nasturtiums are good climbers – make a tee-pee shape out of old sticks and let the plant grow over it to create a hut.
- Make nasturtium flower butter by mixing a handful into some softened butter. Chill in the fridge before using
COOL FACTS INCLUDE:
- Bumblebees and honey bees love immersing themselves inside the deep nasturtium blossoms, so keep a careful eye out when picking or eating.
- Nasturtiums are named after the Latin term for watercress because of their peppery flavour.
- The leaves are high in vitamin C and iron and have strong antibacterial qualities. The flowers contain B vitamins and lots of other beneficial nutrients.
Celebrate St Patrick’s day this year by going on a clover hunt! Your class will love folding and assembling this teeny-tiny-one-cut booklet that’s filled with facts about shamrocks and clover…. (e.g. you probably know that 4 leaf clovers are quite rare, but did you know that the world record for the most leaflets on a clover is 56?!!) After assembling and illustrating your pages, head outside to find a clover leaflet to complete your booklet.
|Download your free copy here at my TpT store.|
The instructions below (that also come with the resource above!) are great for creating blank booklets in class – kids love the small size and the fact they require no binding. You can create REALLY small palmed sized books simply by reducing the size of the paper, or increase the book size by using larger paper.
Clover is common in most places, but if you’re having no luck finding a clover leaflet to add to your one-cut book, you might want to change your focus to finding another type of ‘trifoliate’ leaf. Trifoliate simply means that the leaf has 3 leaflets attached together at the base (instead of a single leaf). The strawberry leaf below is a great example of a trifoliate leaf!
|A trifoliate shaped strawberry leaf|
May the ‘luck of the Irish’ be with you this Saint Patrick’s day!
Time to celebrate your garden weeds! After spending far to much time trying to dig out those annoying dandelions with their super strong tap root, it’s time to give in and let them flourish…..
Just before we get on to discussing fun activities to try with your kids, did you know that the leaves are amazing nutritious and contain more beta-carotene than carrots? The reason that dandelions are so well spread out around the world is that European settlers introduced them to many countries as a salad green! If you’re planning to add a few to your salad this evening, make sure the leaves you pick are young and sweet (the older leaves get a little bitter) and are pesticide free.
DANDELION CLOCK PICTURES
Take the age old dandelion-clock-blowing to the next level with the addition of double sided tape, glue and paper!
- Locate some ‘ready to blow’ dandelion clocks in your garden
- Carefully create a letter or design on your piece of paper using double sided tape or glue (using dark coloured paper gives the best result)
- Hold your dandelion clock close to the paper and blow! The little dandelion seeds should attach them to the sticky part! Have fun racing around the garden finding more dandelion clocks to add to your design.
DANDELION INVISIBLE INK
Use the sap inside the dandelion stems to write or draw little messages! Choose a strong stem with lots of sap to ‘write’ straight on to a white piece of paper. The sap will dry brown which will allow the picture or words to slowly become more visible. You might need to keep trimming your stem to keep the sap-ink flowing!
After you’ve finished with your dandelion flowers and writing secret messages, the kids will love making some dandelion curls to add to their mud-pie potions….. simply remove the flower heads off the stems, and use your nails to split the stems into long strips. Drop the strips into some water and after a few minutes you should have some curls! You can find a really simple explanation of the science going on behind the curling fun here.
Rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens all enjoy nibbling dandelions, so after you’ve finished with stems and flowers, make sure you throw them the leaves! Have fun,
I’m sure people would have a lot more respect for ants if they knew just a few of these amazingly weird facts about these tiny little creatures…………. and even if you don’t appreciate them, the kids certainly will!
Here is number one in a series of fun, printable bug posters – perfect for displaying on your nature table or to get your class inspired before a creepy crawly unit. Some of these facts would make great writing prompts, especially for your little budding myrmecologists! (For those of you not in the know, that’s scientists who study ants!)
|Click here to download this free printable|
|Shouldn’t have left that coffee cup out on the bench over night…!|
I always love the imagination that the children show when adding to the worksheet below – you’ll be amazed at what they think the ants are doing! This worksheet would also work well as a pre/post test to gauge the children’s learning/understanding about the topic.
|Click here to download a free copy of this worksheet|
Still have ants in your pants? You might be interested in my 34 page ‘Ant Awesomeness’ mini booklet – you can find it here!