Be a flower spotter


Explore your garden or local area to find different flower shapes

  • Estimated time: 30 minutes
  • Location: Outdoors & Indoors
  • School term: Early Autumn, Early Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Late Summer
  • Level of experience: No experience needed
  • Subject(s): Science, Art&DT

Learning objectives

  • Learn that flowers exist in many different shapes and forms

  • Observe a range of different flower inflorescence

Essential background information


Check there is a variety of flowers in the garden or local area, if not ask colleagues to bring some in or ask you local garden centre if you can go there for visit.

Equipment needed

  • Examples of flowers
  • Spotter sheets
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Clipboards

Step by step

  1.  Explain to students that there are many different flower shapes, sizes and forms. Being able to see the different flower shapes is important for identification purposes. It also helps to explain how flowers have adapted to attract pollinating insects. Flowers are often grouped together and arranged in different ways on the plant stem; this is known as the inflorescence. Flower shapes are an important element of flower identification.
  2. Hand out the spotter sheets and ask students to look for the different types in the garden or local area.
  3. Use the spotter guides to match up with the flowers that are found, noting the flower form and inflorescence.
  4. Come together at the end and discuss the flowers that everyone has found.
  5. Does everyone agree on the different flower forms that have been found?
  6. Did some flower shapes and colours seem more attractive to certain insects?

Hints & tips

  • Flowering weeds are widely available and show many different flower forms.
  • Students could make signs with the different flower forms on them to label plants in the garden as they bloom.
  • Use this activity as part of Flower Power class growing topic

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