Preserving a flower in borax. (Cover a fresh flower with borax, wait two weeks, then see what happened.)
Looking at some free Montessori materials. (Link below.)
Playdough flower models.
Another trip to UT Gardens to examine bee landing pads, flower colors, patterns, and shapes.
We saw lots of insects out pollinating.
We tried to guess which insects would prefer which plants. Sometimes we were right.
Sometimes we thought maybe the insects hadn't been reading our books!
There were even some insects we hadn't talked about as pollinators.
Being autumn, it was easy for our discussion to merge into the product of pollinated flowers and methods of seed distribution. (Is there a more beautiful bean on the planet?!)
Chapters 3 and 4 of Apologia Botany
What is a Flower?
The Reason for a Flower (By the way, I love Ruth Heller's books. We're using her World of Language series for a casual introduction to English grammar.)
The Story Book of Science - chapters 57-62 (This links to a free online version. And just as a warning: in chapter 57, a boy dies from eating poisonous berries. I didn't read it before I read it to the kids, and I might have skipped this chapter had I known. They did get a good lesson though.)
I have heard that the Shanleya's Quest card game is a great resource for learning about the different types of flowers but that the book is full of evolution and spiritism. I ended up getting the Wild and Free card game instead just because it's cheaper.
Online plant games
Montessori plant printables
Printable plant games - both links on this page