Are you looking for a fun and hands-on way to learn wildflower identification with your kids? Try this activity to get your kids outdoors and identifying these beautiful pieces of nature. Whats the best part?! When you’re finished, you will have a beautiful piece of nature art for your home!
It’s the first day of summer and the wildflowers are starting to pop up all around us. My little boys are so curious and want to know the name of every little piece of nature, so of course wildflowers are no exception.
Instead of buying a wildflower identification poster, I decided why not make our own! Creating this board was so simple and much more meaningful than sticking up a poster on the wall. We put the wildflowers in water tubes so we will be enjoying this living piece of art in our home for a while!
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Cut out a piece of cardboard. You can use a box cutter or scissors. I used a box cutter and did this step when my boys were not near me for safety purposes. As you can see below, it doesn’t need to be perfect!
Search for wildflowers and identify them. You can identify as many flowers as you would like!
This experience gives children the time to engage with both the little and big things growing around them and helps them discover the joys of connecting with nature. We looked closely at the stems, leaves, and petals and my oldest named us “nature detectives.”
Now you start to create your wildflower identification board.
I filled the little tubes with water and taped them on the board. Make sure you plan out were your vases will go on your board and take into consideration that you will need to write the names of the wildflowers near the flowers. I used a rolled up pieces of gorilla tape, but you can also place a piece of scotch tape over the tube to secure it to the board. Now that we have little vases, our wildflowers will live a much longer life on this board.
We used metallic sharpies, but feel free to use whatever supplies you would like.
My boys took turns sticking the stems in the tubes and were so proud of the final result! I also thought the wildflower board turned out beautiful and loved watching my boys connect with nature, learn, and have fun at the same time!
I hope you give this fun activity a try! I promise, your little nature lovers will love it as much as my boys.