Discovering, recording and researching local flora is a fun activity to get children excited about nature. As they investigate and identify different plants, not only will they learn about the world around them, they will also develop their working memory and fine motor ability.
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There are more than 200,000 identified plant species in the world - and more are being discovered all the time!
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Take your child/children outside with a notebook and pencil at the ready! You could explore a garden, park, the countryside or even the local streets. Get your child to look all around them and sketch the various plants they see (alternatively, they could take pictures with a camera). Encourage them to look for plants growing in all kinds of places (in woodland, along tree branches, on river banks, in flower beds, along walls etc) and make a note of their different features – are they prickly? Do they have leaves and/or flowers? What colour are they? After their exploration, help them to research and identify their floral finds using books and/or online resources. What fab facts will they discover?!