STORY OF FLOWERS

The stunning artwork of Katie Scott is set to music and animated, telling the wordless story of flowering plants, from their diversity of structure to life cycles to interactions with other members the environment.

Video

Producer: AMKK/Azuma Makoto

Ages: All ages

The SEED ARTIST

The first in a six-part series, this short film highlights artist and photographer Robert Llewellyn, aka the Seed Artist. “They’re everywhere, hiding in plain sight,” he says of seeds, which upon closer inspection, reveal a diversity of intricate designs, each brilliantly suited to its purpose.

Video

Producer: Iowa State University

Ages: All ages

LEAF ID

We walk among them daily, but how many of us really know our trees? Take a stroll through your neighborhood, park, or preserve using this guide and see how many tree types you can find. This simple key was developed by Wisconsin DNR for the identification of local urban trees, but the trees described are common throughout much of North America.

Activity

Publisher: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Ages: All Ages

 

POTATO SCIENCE

You say potato, I say science. The whole family will have fun checking on the progress of the alien-like development of sprouts from an ordinary white or sweet potato cut in half and placed over water. 

Activity

Publisher: Camp Fire Seattle

Ages: All Ages

 

SEED RACER

Learn about different methods of seed dispersal as you collect a variety of seeds in this adorable animated game by PBS kids.

ONLINE GAME

Publisher: PBS Kids

Ages: 4–8

 

EGG CARTON NURSERY

This cute activity from Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry shows you how to create a small, bee-friendly garden using a repurposed paper egg carton. Egg cartons are also great for starting food garden seeds indoors. They are biodegradable so they can even be cut apart and planted directly into a larger garden when the seedlings are ready.

ACTIVITY

Publisher: Museum of Science and Industry

Ages: 6–12

 

NUTRIENTS FOR LIFE

P, N, and K are not just letters of the alphabet, they are symbols for critical elemental nutrients– phosphorus, nitrogen, and potassium. Plants require these and other nutrients to grow. In this quick and simple game, you provide a corn crop with water and nutrients at the proper times and at the proper levels and for optimal growth.

ONLINE GAME

Producer: Seed Survivor by Nutrien

Ages: 6–12

Plant Power

This Scholastic interactive is actually several games in sequence. First learn about plant parts and plant health as you piece together puzzles. Then select the best plants to combat environmental problems in various communities. Finally, check your plant IQ with a trivia game. Even if you don’t know a lot about plants to begin with, you will come away from these games with more knowledge.

ONLINE GAME

Producer: Plants to the Rescue by Scholastic

Ages: 8–12

Flower Dissection

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ACTIVITY

Producer: Pacific Science Center

Ages: 8–12