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Dissecting a Flower Project for Kids

Dissect a flower for a specimen box display. Kids science experiment. #stem #botany #scienceprojects

Dissect a flower for a specimen box display. Kids science experiment. #stem #botany #scienceprojects

Flower Dissecting Project for Kids

How exactly does pollination occur? We know that bees play an important part in the cross pollination of flowers, but there is so much more to learn! Today we’re reusing our empty Green Kid Crafts box and learning about the structure of a flower. We often think of dissection as involving a knife or other sharp object, but today we’ll just be using our hands and a pair of kids’ scissors.

Supplies

  • 1 Empty Green Kid Crafts Box
  • 1 Flower with Stem (tulips, lillies and daffodils are great for dissection)
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Glue or Pins
  • Scissors

 

flower dissecting project

Directions

Cut the lid off of an empty Green Kid Crafts box or shoe box. Keep the sides attached for a shadow box display or use the lid itself as a display board for the plant parts.

Start splitting the flower into parts. Use scissors for tougher plant parts. Carefully take the petals off the stem, split open the ovary, and remove the stamen and stigmas.

flower dissecting project

flower dissecting project

Pin or glue the plant parts into like groups on the bottom of the box and label the flower parts below each group. Use the image  below as a reference for the plant part names.

flower dissecting project

Talk with your child about the parts of the flower. Here are a few key points to discuss:

  • Flowers attract insects with their bright colors.
  • Pollen is taken from the stamen and brought to the stigma by insects.
  • Flowers are the reproductive organ of the plant, and the stamen and stigma are the male and female parts.
  • Pollen grains form seeds within the ovary. Seeds can be spread to the ground by animals, insects, weather. Then these seeds grow into new flowering plants.

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flower dissecting project

 

 

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