We are so excited to show you our botany lesson. This lesson is about the parts of a fruit and you get the free printable set for you to do it at home.
We had this setup. The printables set was printed in color and laminated with a thermal laminator (and laminating pouches). I cut the puzzle pieces (toddler lesson) and cut the parts of the fruit labels (preschooler lesson). I also got two green apples and cut them in half.
First, we analyzed the apples and talked about the different parts using the labeling key printable. Here is “Elsa” explaining how we can eat the real apple, but not the picture of the apple. Very true. She also informed us that we can eat the exocarp and the mesocarp, but not the seeds or the endocarp.
Oh, and she also made it clear that we certainly NOT eat the blossom end or the step. Yuck! She made us laugh, but it was great finding out her thoughts in regard to the apple and which parts are edible and which ones aren’t.
Next, my toddler worked on putting the fruit puzzle together. She needed little to no help with the pieces. If you wanted to make it more challenging, you could print the puzzle twice and cut the pieces and then cut each piece in half, for a total of 12 pieces, not 6.
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After Sister completed her puzzle, it was Brother’s turn to label the parts of the fruit. I let him use the labeling key a couple of times before he labeled the parts of the fruit without looking.
The best part was that Brother was saying the words out loud and pointing at the parts of the fruit while Sister was listening and watching. I am confident she is absorbing the information and will soon be able to do this activity on her own.
So, as promised, they got to eat and enjoy their beautiful green apple. As they were eating it, they were, again, talking about which parts are edible and which aren’t. So sweet. 🙂
What do you think? This lesson is easy, informative and very doable. Your children will love it!
Get your set here: Parts of a Fruit (Botany) Printable
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