Draw parts of a flower

Activity

Pupils can explore  flowers in the garden and then draw and label their different parts.

  • 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

  • Explore different garden flowers.
  • Undertake an observational drawing.
  • Label the drawing with the correct flower parts

Essential background information

Preparation

Print off the Flower Structure Diagram and the Be a Flower Spotter sheet.

Equipment needed

  • Access to the garden and school grounds to look for different flowering plants; for example, ornamental flowers, wild flowers, weeds, vegetables and fruit
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Clip boards
  • Pencils, coloured pens
  • Paper
  • Links
  • Flower Structure Diagram
  • Be a Flower Spotter sheet

Step by step

  1. Choose open and simple flowers such as Californian poppies, cosmos, even weeds such as buttercups and brambles, as these show the flower parts well.  Some vegetable flowers are also good to observe, for example potatoes and tomatoes are easy to see the flower parts. Courgette flowers are huge and show that there are separate male and female flowers. Strawberries and raspberries have very simple easy to draw flowers that show the parts of a flower and early fruit formation.
  2. Ask the pupils to find a flower that has an open structure, so it is easy to see inside and find the different parts of the flower. Use the Be a Flower Spotter sheet to help identify the flowers.
  3. Hand out the sheet to remind pupils of the names of the different flower parts, using the Flower Structure Diagram as a guide.
  4. Ask the pupils to draw the flower and try to find, draw and label each of the flower parts.

 

Hints & tips

  • Some plants have separate male and female flowers so you may not find all the flower parts in one flower e.g. pumpkins, courgettes.
  • Use the activity as part of Flower Power class growing topic

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