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Wildflower Seed Packet Activity

The Little House books contain several references to wild flowers. In On the Banks of Plum Creek, Laura Ingalls Wilder described the blue flags, black-eyed Susans, violets, and buttercups that grew wild on the family's farm. In By the Shores of Silver Lake, Laura finds her little sister, Grace, sitting in a buffalo wallow surrounded by violets. Laura and Almanzo's daughter, Rose, was named for the wild rose that grew everywhere on the prairie.

The garden shown below contains many wild flowers. How many different kinds of flowers can you identify? Some to look for are black-eyed Susans, purple coneflowers, daisies, cosmos, Queen Anne's lace, gaillardia, bee balm, coreopsis and asters.

wildflower garden

Here is a fun activity for students is to select a prairie flower, briefly research it, and create a colorful seed packet for it.

The seed packet template is designed for a description of the wildflower (from the research) to be written on the back and labeled / illustrated on the front. It can then be cut, folded and glued to create the seed packet.

Before gluing the top flap closed, a pinch of wildflower " mystery" seeds can be inserted for students to take home and plant.

Suggested wildflowers are:

flower anemone flower blazing star flowerblue violet flower coreopsis flower goldenrod flowergray-headed coneflower flower lily flower morning glory flower prairie sunflower flower purple coneflower flowersheep sorrel flower shooting star flower thimbleweed flower yellow violet flower wild onion flower wild rose

Wildflower Seed Packet template, view or download pdf
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