Observing changes over the course of time is interesting for anyone, but for little learners, this can be especially beneficial. Examining the process from beginning to end is a good way for students to learn about changes and stages in a process. They can become little scientists and explore life science. Science units about life cycles can be used across all subject areas, and these crafts and activities are a great way to engage students in this topic!
1. Interactive Lapbook
During a plant science unit, this interactive lapbook is good for teaching the science content as well as working on fine motor skills. Students will need to cut, color, write, and glue. This is a good way to reinforce the stages of plant life.
Learn more: Playdough to Plato
2. Sunflower Life Cycle Hat
Fun and purposeful, this plant life cycle hat is another good flower activity for young learners. The printable flower and matching stages work together to provide a sequence of events in how the sunflowers grow and change. Adding a picture book to pair with this activity would be a great way to boost literacy engagement with this science content.
Learn more: Playdough to Plato
3. Life Cycle Booklet
These booklets are great for early readers. They tell the life cycle of a plant and include pictures for young learners to color. These are easy to make and put together, too!
Learn more: Twinkl
4. Personal Germination Station
Creating individual greenhouses adds a spark of life into this unit for kids to see firsthand. You could incorporate this activity into a lesson about seeds or plant growth. Students can learn about the basics of plants as they watch their own sprouts grow.
Learn more: Primary Theme Park
5. Plant Life Cycle Chart
6. Plant Life Cycle Booklet
7. Life Cycle Craft
Cutting, sequencing, and gluing are all learning skills that can be created with these plant life cycle diagrams. For older students, writing could accompany this activity. For younger students, using the labels on the diagram is a great way to work on building vocabulary.
Learn more: Mrs. Plemon's Kindergarten
8. Life Cycle of Corn
Charting the growth of corn plants from beginning to end in this fun craft is a great visual to show how the plants change while growing. This is a good way to show how we get food from plants and pair this with a yummy snack so students can taste the end result!
Learn more: The Preschool Toolbox Blog
9. Apple Tree Play-Doh Life Cycle
Apple trees are great for using to teach plant life cycle as well! This fun science lesson will show how much the tree changes as it prepares to provide fruit. Using colorful play-doh to demonstrate the changes will be fun for students to use as they create their own visuals! You could even do this activity with a variety of fruits.
Learn more: Mama Papa Bubba
10. Grow Sprouts
Growing bean sprouts are always fun and allow students to take a hand in their own learning! They take responsibility for watering it and providing a place for sunlight to reach the bean sprouts. This STEM activity could be tied closely to math and allow students to chart measurements in a plant observation journal as well.
Learn more: How Wee Learn
11. Plant Journal
Charting changes in growth is a great way to involve students in this plant life unit. They can keep their own journals and document the way the plants look and change as they grow. After they complete their journals, they could use them to create plant life cycle posters.
Learn more: Teachery Tidbits
12. Plant Study Field Trip
13. Plant Dissection
Learning about the parts of a plant is a fun way to investigate and have students dissect flowers or food plants to see the different parts. This is a great resource to use within a plant life cycle unit to be able to help students learn about each part of the plant.
Learn more: Firstieland
14. Parts of A Plant Lollipop Activity
This will be a fun project that allows children to see the parts of a plant. This hands-on activity will serve as a visual of a plant and its parts. This would be great to use for informal and formal observations of determining whether or not students know the life cycle of a plant and how it grows.
Learn more: Primary Theme Park
15. Seed to Flower Video
Nonfiction videos are a great way to include technology to enhance lessons about the plant life cycle. Students will enjoy videos and can see the first-hand changes of a plant as it grows.
Learn more: PBS Learning Media
16. Model of the Life Cycle
This is great for younger students to be able to show what plants need to grow. Depending on age and ability, students can label on their own or write in the labels. This would be great to tie to writing and even include technology!
Learn more: Kindergarten Rocks Resources
17. Plant Paper Model
This completely homemade papercraft is fun for older students. This helps students understand what plants need and how they grow! Children also have more creative freedom in designing their pictures.
Learn more: Pinterest
18. Life Cycle Sequence
This sequencing activity is good for students to learn the process of the life cycle of plants and to learn how to better use transitional words. Time order words are important for sequential order. Students could use pictures or writing to show the correct sequence of events.
Learn more: Kindergarten Smarts
19. Garden Growing
Growing a garden is lots of fun, especially for young children who will come to understand how responsibility and following through with daily tasks result in seeing a garden grow. Children can help pick what to grow, whether it be flowers or food.
Learn more: Lesson Learnt Journal
20. Ice Cream Cone Plants
Children love to help grow things! These ice cream cones are a totally different twist and allow for easy individualization of this activity. Each is easily held and planted with minimal soil. Children can chart growth and tie many math skills to this activity!
Learn more: Lessons Learnt Journal
21. Plant Book Unit
This classic children's book is a wonderful resource when completing a plant life cycle unit. The illustrations plus the nonfiction text help students see a visual representation of each step in the life cycle. Students could use this book as a guide to creating their own representations.
Learn more: My Teaching Library
22. Egg Carton Plants
Egg carton plants are fun and easy to make. This is great for younger children in the classroom setting. Students can work together to maintain their plants, each taking turns to help nurture them.
Learn more: Today's Mama
23. Tiny Greenhouses
These miniature greenhouses are ideal for letting young learners plant and grow their own sprouts and seeds. They are made with clear plastic cups, easy to leave in your classroom windows. It is also ideal for easy observation of plant growth. This would pair well with a plant observation journal.
Learn more: The Handmade Home