As a kid, I love gardens–the trees, the flowers, the rocks, the bugs, you name it–I found it fascinating. I think exploration is just part of what it’s like to be a kid… So take some time and explore a garden around you (It could be your yard, in a park, or at a museum).
Here are two pictures of my front yard with lots to explore…
- How many trees are there? What kinds of trees are they?
- Look at the bushes and the flowers. What color are the leaves and flowers? Do the flowers have radial symmetry–like the fan in Saturday’s post?
- Count the flowers on a small bush like this one below. Then count how many petals are on one flower–can you multiply to find the total number of petals?
- How many fruits are on one branch–does it need to be pruned?
- How many bees visit the plant you are observing in a certain amount of time? (The bees wouldn’t stay still for me to photograph them.)
- You can do leaf rubbings and count the veins in the leaves, notice their symmetry, etc.
- Turn over stepping stones and see what bugs are under there–count the varieties.
- With fruit, you can see if it grows in bunches. (These are loquats from my backyard.)
- And see how many seeds are on the inside.