Kids take interest in eating fruits & veggies when they learn about the different plant parts and their purpose. Take this activity and give students a chance to learn more about what makes fruit and vegetables stand out, and what the different edible parts do for our bodies.
Plant Anatomy and Edible Plant Parts: Healthy Eating Activity
- Bring a variety of produce examples to class like carrots, lettuce, celery, broccoli, zucchini and peas. Identify each plant part (roots, leaves, flowers, stems, fruits, seeds) and show what parts we eat.
- Explain that each part is designed to support an important function for the plant to live.
roots – underground support for the plant, collects water and food
leaves – make food for the plant from sunlight (photosynthesis)
stems – above ground support and provides vessels to move water and nutrients through the plant
flowers – attract pollinators and matures into fruit
fruits – protect and hold the seeds
seeds – contain all the information needed for plant life
- Write the different plant parts on the board. Ask kids to think of other fruits & veggies and to tell which part of the plant is eaten and where to list it on the board.
- Cut-up various produce samples and let kids taste the different plant parts.
This is a HEAR-SEE-DO activity:
- Help kids hear the message about the interesting and tasty parts of edible plants.
- Let them see examples of edible plant parts.
- Let them do by identifying additional plant part examples and tasting samples.
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