You are invited to download the pea plant pack – learning printables for preschool and kindergarten children. Use this resource with clear true-to-life images and photographs to create hands-on botany activities for your students. Children will learn the stages of the pea plant life cycle, and parts of the pea plant, practice sequencing skills and work to improve their concentration and fine motor skills. This resource will come in handy if you are planning to do gardening with your students and explore spring flowers in your Montessori and early childhood classroom.
about pea plants
Peas are sweet, nutritious vegetables that can be eaten fresh or dried. Its scientific name is Pisum sativum, a member of the legume family. Pea plants grow to about 1 to 2 meters tall and have green leaves with tendrils. They have sweet-smelling, white, pink, or purple flowers. Peas grow in pods which can range from a few centimeters to a few inches in length. Peas are rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals, and are a great addition to a healthy diet. They are easy to grow and are a great beginner plant for gardening.
Pea plants, like many other plants, have a specific life cycle that includes the following stages:
- Seed Stage: Pea plants begin life as a seeds. The seed is planted in soil, and with enough water and sunlight, it begins to germinate. The seedlings emerge from the soil.
- Vegetative Stage: Once the seedling emerges from the soil, it will start to grow leaves and roots. During this stage, the pea plant will focus on growing tall and developing a strong root system.
- Flowering Stage: After the vegetative stage, the pea plant will begin to flower. Pea plants have flowers that are either white or pink in color. These flowers can self-fertilize or cross-fertilize with other pea plants.
- Fruit Stage: Once the flower is pollinated, the pea plant will produce peas. Peas are the fruit of the pea plant, and they grow in a pod. Peas can be green, yellow, or purple in color.
- Harvesting Stage: The last stage of the life cycle is the harvesting stage. Once the peas have reached maturity, they can be harvested. Pea plants can continue to produce peas for several weeks, depending on the variety.
Overall, pea plants have a life cycle that includes seedling, vegetative, flowering, fruiting, and harvesting stages. With the right conditions, pea plants can produce many peas for people to enjoy.
How to plant pea plant with children
- Gather materials: Pea seeds, soil, planters or pots, watering can or spray bottle, and gardening gloves (optional).
- Choose a planting spot: Peas prefer a cooler environment, so a shady spot is preferred. You can also plant them indoors in a well-lit area.
- Fill planters or pots with soil: Use nutrient-rich soil and fill the planter or pot about half-full.
- Plant the seeds: Place the pea seeds about an inch deep in the soil. You can space the seeds about 3-4 inches apart.
- Cover the seeds: Cover the pea seeds with soil, but don’t pack it down.
- Water the plants: Water the soil gently, but don’t flood it. Use a watering can or spray bottle to moisten the soil.
- Label and tend to your peas: Write the date and pea variety on a label and place it in the pot or planter. Keep the soil moist and check on your peas every few days to make sure they’re growing and healthy.
- Watch them grow: Peas should start sprouting in about a week or two. As they grow, you can provide support by using stakes or a trellis.
- Harvest the peas: Once the pea pods are fully grown, you can pick them and enjoy them as a snack or add them to your meals.
- Have fun: Gardening is fun and educational. Encourage your children to observe and learn about the plant’s growth cycle, how to care for it, and the importance of eating fresh, nutritious food.
Here are some hands-on Montessori activities for preschool children related to pea plants:
- Planting peas: Provide a tray, some soil, a few pea seeds, and a small shovel. Demonstrate to the child how to dig a hole and plant the pea seed. Encourage the child to water the plant daily and monitor its growth.
- Parts of a pea plant: Using pictures or real pea plants, show the child the different parts of the plant, such as the stem, leaves, flowers, and pods. Encourage the child to touch and feel the different parts to help them understand the plant’s anatomy.
- Sorting pea seeds: Provide the child with a variety of colored pea seeds. Let them sort the seeds into groups based on color, size, or texture. This activity helps children practice sorting and classifying skills.
- Measuring pea plant growth: Mark the height of the pea plant on a chart each day and encourage the child to measure how much the plant has grown. This activity teaches measurement skills and introduces the concept of growth over time.
- Pea plant life cycle: Introduce the concept of a plant’s life cycle by showing pictures of the different stages of a pea plant’s growth. Encourage the child to sequence the stages in order and talk about what happens at each stage.
- Tasting peas: Harvest some fresh peas from the garden and allow the child to taste them. Talk about the plant’s role in producing food and nutrition.
- Painting with peas: Cut open a pea pod and use the peas as paintbrushes to create pea-themed artwork. This activity encourages creativity and introduces children to the concept of using natural materials in art.
Pea plant printable
Now is a perfect time to start a garden with your children. Peas along with cherry tomatoes are considered to be some of the best choices when it comes to growing plants with littles. If you are planning to plant peas with your students, I invite you to download this new freebie.
This resource contains a pea plant life cycle poster, worksheet, 3-part cards, and parts of pea plant printables.
HERE IS WHAT’S INCLUDED:
- Pea Plant life cycle poster
- Pea Plant life cycle 3 part cards
- Pea Plant life cycle coloring, cutting, and pasting worksheet (color and blackline)
- Pea Plant life cycle tracing strips
- Pea Plant life cycle information cards
- Parts of a Pea Plant poster
- Parts of a Pea Plant student activity page
- Parts of a Pea Plant labels
- Parts of a Pea Plant tracing & independent writing worksheet
- Parts of a Pea Plant student booklet (independent writing)
- Parts of a Pea Plant information cards
- Types of Pea Plants 3 part cards
- Types of Pea Plants information cards
- Pea Plant characteristics color poster
- Pea Plant characteristics black line poster
- Pea Plant characteristics mat
- Pea Plant characteristics color cards
- Pea Plant characteristics tracing & coloring student booklet
- Pea Plant characteristics student booklet
- Pea Plant information poster
- My Book of Pea Plants
- Pea Plant anatomy diagram adjective activity
Age: Preschool ages 3 – 6 years
How to Use:
Parts of a pea plant– Gather books on plant life cycle for children to explore. Print posters and label cards on cardstock and laminate. Cut individual label cards.
Attach clear velcro to the poster without labels and label cards. Velco will come in especially handy if you decide to take your work outdoors. Having an additional challenge for little fingers is always welcomed when working with young children!
Present the poster – name all parts and invite the students to share their thoughts on the various functions of each part. Then read each label and invite the student to match it to the corresponding part of the pea plant.
Life cycle poster – print on cardstock and laminate. Present all stages of the pea plant life cycle. Invite the children to retell them or tell their own story that features all the stages.
Pea plant life cycle 3-part cards – Print on cardstock and laminate if you wish to preserve colors and card quality for future use. Place picture cards in a column and invite the children to match the picture to the picture and the word to the word.
Pea plant life cycle line art – supply scissors, glue, and coloring pencils. Invite the student to color and cut cards and glue them into the correct sequence.
Pea plant tracing and coloring worksheets – print on cardstock and laminate. Supply an erasable pen. Invite the child to trace the words and color corresponding images. Alternatively, print pages on regular printing paper and slide them into plastic pockets.
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