For a little light learning this weekend, share these fun flower facts with your kids and tell us: what does your family love most about exploring the great outdoors?
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“April showers bring May flowers,
That is what they say.
But if all the showers turned to flowers,
We’d have quite a colorful day!” ~ Thomas Tusser, 1557
- While dandelions might seem like weeds, their flowers and leaves are an edible source of vitamins A and C, iron, calcium, and potassium. Add them to your next salad for a nutritious boost!
- Did you know what some plants are carnivores, which means they eat meat? The Venus Fly Trap gets nutrition from eating insects – trapping them inside its thick leaves and digesting them just like your stomach does.
- It’s a fact that broccoli is technically a flower. The green florets on the stalks are actually immature flowers, and if left to grow, open into tiny yellow flowers.
- Flowers were popular as girls’ names in the 19th century Victorian age. Today, those names – like Violet, Lily, Daisy, and Rose – are making a comeback. (Ask your child: “Would you like to be named after a flower? Which one?”)
- Weaving sunflowers, daisies, or Queen Anne’s lace together can make beautiful necklaces or crowns.
For more creative outdoor playtime ideas, check out these recommended posts:
- A Springtime Sensory Walk for Kids
- From Melissa: My Favorite Springtime Activities
- 5 Tips for Getting Your Kids Outside