Lifecycle of Plants Art | Foster

Every kid from preschool up knows that when a seed is planted in the ground, it grows a new plant. All it needs is soil, water and sunlight and – boom – it transforms from a tiny seed to a flower or tree.

…but what happens to that little seed? How does it grow?


Every seed has the same story: it grows roots, then a stem, leaves, flower and more seeds (whether in the flower or in the fruit).

Each part of the growth plays a vital role in the plant’s life. The seed has the food it needs to get started; the roots, like straws, suck up water and nutrients from the soil into the stem; the stem, like an elevator, draws the water (against gravity!) up the plant and to the leaves; the leaves make food for the plant via their relationship with sunlight; the flower produces nectar to attract certain creatures which pollinate the flower to produce seeds; the seeds develop in the flower OR fruit and contain all the potential of a new plant; and the fruit protects the seeds from dangerous elements until the proper time when the seeds have fully developed.

This lifecycle repeats again and again and again. It is a never-ending, fascinating story! I meant to mention heirlooms (generations of the same seed) today but reckon I will next time I teach this lesson.

With the second graders, we drew and labeled all the parts of the plant from memory. With the first graders, we matched a flower from the garden to a flower on a piece of paper. We also walked around the garden, identifying the different parts that we observed.

It was beautiful day in the garden!

okay, so maybe these are transplants but there ARE seeds in between that are coming up slowly! :D

okay, so maybe these are transplants but there ARE seeds in between that are coming up slowly! 😀

Hope Cox

Hope is an urban farmer, garden educator and foodie transplanted from Tennessee to SoCal in 2014. She hopes to move out of the big city one day to pursue the life of a sustainable farmer; but in the meantime loves to teach elementary kids about how food is grown, nutritious and tasty recipes and connecting with nature.