Explore the parts of a tulip with this hands-on activity! A tulip exploration is a fun science activity for preschool, kindergarten, and elementary aged kids.
Observing the parts of a tulip is a wonderful activity for kids. Perfect as a flower themed science lesson or as a spring nature activity.
Read on to learn about the parts of a tulip and to see how to do your own tulip exploration at home!
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You can access the downloadable activity sheets at the bottom of this post.
Parts of a Tulip
Your child can fill out the diagram along with drawing their own tulip with labels. Within the worksheet set are two blank diagrams along with the answer key!
- Upper Elementary
You can do this science exploration with a wide range of kids. Hands-on science activities like this one are wonderful learning opportunities for children.
Great for multi-aged setting including homeschool, summer camps, and nature study!
Safety Tip: Always go over proper safety with your child before beginning this activity. Make sure that kids wash their hands after touching the parts of the tulip and never put parts of the plant in their mouths. Adult supervision is required for this activity.
Skills to Practice
- Fine Motor Skills
- Following Directions
- Identifying the Parts of a Flower
- Identifying Parts of a Plant
- Reading a Diagram
- Scientific Sketches
From making detailed observations to drawing their own sketches, there are so many skills for your kids to practice! Your child can point to the different parts of the real tulip and then the parts shown on the diagram.
As your child observes and draws they are practicing communication and data collection. Its amazing how even a young child can make a simple sketch then point to the different parts on their drawing.
Learning how to add labels to their drawing is another important skill your child can practice during this activity.
- Parts of a Flower
- Parts of Plant
- Plant Reproduction
- Life Cycle of Plant
This activity is a great way to learn about the parts of a flower in a hands-on way! You can head outside and pick your own tulips or purchase them from a store.
As you explore the parts, you can discuss the life cycle of a plant, how the tulip's parts help it to survive in its environment, and even how other factors like bees help a tulip.
- Fresh Tulips
- Exploration Worksheets (available at the bottom of this post)
- Art Supplies - colored pencils, markers, or crayons
- Magnifying Lens - I love these magnifying lenses
- Optional: pocket microscope
You only need a few supplies for this hands-on activity. First fresh tulips either store bought or brought in from outside.
Using a few tools can make observing fun for kids. Plus, children can look really closely at the parts of the tulip!
Hand held magnifying lenses are a favorite tool along with a regular old ruler. To get an even closer look kids can use a pocket microscope to zoom in even closer!
- Observe the different parts of the tulip before breaking it apart
- Ask your child to point to the different parts and practice saying the name
- Carefully break apart the tulip and look at each part individually
- Get a closer look using a magnifying lens or a pocket microscope
- Incorporate some math: group like parts together then count how many items in each group. Kids can even measure each of the parts using a ruler.
Make sure to give your child enough time to make detailed observations. Many kids need a few prompts to get them started. As they observe, let them draw their own sketches on their activity sheet.
Questions to Ask
- Where is the pollen?
- Why do you think there is so much pollen on the flower?
- How many petals make up the flower?
- Why does the tulip have petals?
- Does the tulip flower have a scent?
- Why do spring flowers have strong scents and bright petals?
- Can you measure and record the length of each part?
As you explore the parts of a tulip, kids will begin to ask their own questions. Instead of jumping in and providing the answer, first give them time to think about the answer themselves.
Then discuss the answer together. Kids can even record a few questions they want to learn more about by conducting some research.
- Color some tulip themed coloring pages
- Head outside to see different spring blooming flowers and record your findings in a nature journal
- Sort and classify different flowers you either find outside or bought at the store
- Color some spring themed coloring pages
- Make your own bird's nest
These printables were created by Nature Inspired Learning and are for personal use only for your home, classroom, or public library. All of these free parts of a tulip worksheets are for non-commercial use. See full disclosure.
- PDF downloadable activity sheets with answer keys
- Parts of a tulip diagram, coloring sheet, and observation worksheet
- Black and white designs are printer friendly PLUS your child can color in the diagrams to look like the flower they observed!