This activity encourages students to apply knowledge of plant parts in a scavenger hunt setting.
What are the parts of a plant?
Start with Seed Yoga lesson (in preschool curriculum toolkit under Seeds unit) or a growing song.
One growing song option: start down low, curled up like a seed. Sing to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus: “This the way we… grow our roots/ pop through the soil/ stretch our stem/ turn our leaves to the sun/ open our flowers/ smile to the sun… when springtime is here”.
Review the plant parts with the kids (roots, stem, leaf, flower). Lay ground rules for the scavenger hunt, especially in regards to picking things. Tell them which part you will look for first, and collectively disperse to find it. Have them make observations about their plant part: how does it feel, what color is it, what does it look like?
FOLLOW UP & EXTENSIONS
Make plant part burritos – for example take a carrot (root), a bean (seed), a nasturtium (flower) and wrap it in a lettuce (leaf).