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Plants week!

“It’s a bean, it’s a bean!”​
Joss, my two year old, is currently obsessed with finding seeds, she calls them beans, and whenever she’s eating fruit or out in the garden she’s on a mission to find the “beans”!​

We’ve been celebrating Pea Week in The Explorers’ Lab this week, looking at planting, growing, pollination and more. There’s so much to explore!

Plants grow best with the right amounts of light, water, air, nutrients and spoce- all plants are different so while a cactus will thrive without much water due to its adaptations an iris wouldn’t because it needs lots of water!

The job of producing new plants falls to flowers, inside these there are pollen and eggs which make seeds. These seeds grow into new plants.

A great way to start exploring plants is to head out on a nature walk​​ and take some time to notice the array of different plant life, from trees and flowers to grasses. When you’re out, collect some different samples on your way too so that you can have a go at identifying the different parts of the flower by dissecting it.  Also pay attention to any animals or insects that are attracted to the plants, what are they attracted by?

  • Flowers from your walk
  • Tweezers
  • Knife
  • Tray/plate
  1. Pick several different flowers if they are available
  2. Separate the leaves, stems and flowers (be careful here!)
  3. Now dissect your flower, using a knife and some tweezers
  4. See if you can spot the petals, the stamen with the pollen on the end (there should be a few of these) and the stigma (there’s only one!)
  5. Are they all the same? Can you draw a picture? What do you think each part of the flower is for?

How are you feeling about the summer holidays? They’re just around the corner now with 6 long weeks to fill. If you’re looking for some inspiration grab your 30 days of summer STEM checklist here, and see how many ​you can tick off!

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