Identifying Backyard Flowers

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Flower SearchI have been meaning to find a hands-on way for the girls to learn the names of the flowers that are growing in our garden. When I read Megan’s, Connecting with Nature: Challenge #1 over at Simple Kids, I knew it was time to take on a flower identification project.

I was inspired by these and decided that doing a flower search would be a fun way to identify and learn the flower names. I started by photographing the five flowers currently in bloom in our garden. After identifying them myself (which was a lesson in and of itself), I created and printed a template for the flower guide. I cut them out, pasted them onto green paper and covered them with clear contact paper. After punching a small hole on the corner of each card, I tied them together with twine and a few decorative beads. In order to reinforce the learning of the flower names I also created a flower search printable, which they used to write down the name next to the corresponding flower.

Equipped with their clipboards and homemade flower guides they went into the garden and tried to match our garden flowers with the photos in their guide. Once they matched a flower correctly, they found the same flower on their flower search sheet and wrote down the name.

The girls really enjoyed this activity and have already asked to “play” it again. As more flowers bloom we will add them to our flower guide and sheet. The same method can be used to identify backyard leaves, trees, bugs… you name it!

Materials & Resources
Flower Guide – Printable
Flower Search – Printable

More Fun with Flowers…
Dissecting Flowers
Pressing Flowers
Flower Arranging
Our Flower Garden: A Child’s Perspective



With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.


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