For a little light learning this week, share these fun flower facts with your kids and tell us: what does your family love most about exploring the great outdoors?
“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:
- Melissa’s Playbook: Moments of Wonder
- Tips for Gardening with Kids
- 4 Awesome Backyard Activities for Kids