Learn about the parts of a flower and what they do with this fun printable parts of a flower diagram! Then gather your own flowers, and do a simple flower dissection to identify and name the parts of a flower. Pair it with fun preschool planting activities or easy plant experiments for older kids too!
Explore Flowers For Spring
Flowers are so much fun to incorporate into science and art lessons each spring, or any time of the year. Learning about the parts of a flower can be hands-on, and kids love it! There are so many different types of flowers found in nature too!
Flowers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, but most have the same basic structure. Flowers are important because they help the plant reproduce.
Flowers attract insects and birds to help pollinate and then grow fruit, protecting the seed. Learn about the life cycle of honey bees!
Fun Flower Facts
- About 90% of plants produce flowers.
- Plants that make flowers are called angiosperms.
- Flowers are an essential source of food for many animals.
- Fertilized flowers become fruit, grains, nuts and berries that we can eat.
- Dressings, soaps, jellies, wines, jams, and even tea can be made from edible flowers.
- Flowers get their food from sunlight via photosynthesis.
- Roses are one of the most popular flowers in the world to grow.
What are the parts of a flower?
Use our printable labeled parts of a flower diagram (free download below) to learn the basic flower parts. Students can see the different parts of a flower, discuss what each part does, and color those parts in.
Then read on to find out how you can set up your own easy flower dissection lab to examine and name the parts of a real flower.
Petals. They protect the inner parts of the flower. Petals are often brightly colored to attract insects to the flower to help with pollination. Some flowers will even look like insects to trick them into coming closer.
Stamen. This is the male part of the flower. The purpose of the stamen is to produce pollen. It is made up of an anther which contains the pollen and a filament.
A flower will have many stamens. The number of stamens helps you identify the type of flower. Often a flower will have the same number of stamens as it does petals. Can you count them?
Pistil. This is the female part of the flower which is made up of the stigma, the style, and the ovary. The function of the pistil is to receive pollen and produce seeds, which will grow into new plants.
When you look at your flower, the thin stalk that sticks up in the middle of the flower is called the style. The stigma of a flower is found at the top of the style, and it is sticky so that it can capture the pollen. Flowers may have more than one pistil.
The pollen grain travels down to the ovary and fertilizes it, a process known as pollination. The ovary then ripens to form a fruit which protects the developing seeds and helps them spread further away.
Parts of a Flower Diagram for Kids
Download our free printable diagram of a flower and its parts. Use it as an easy reference when you dissect your flowers below.
Easy Flower Dissection Lab
- Magnifying Glass
STEP 1: Take a nature walk outside and find some flowers. See if you can find several different types of flowers.
STEP 2: Touch and smell the flowers before you begin.
STEP 3: Use your fingers, or tweezers to carefully take apart each flower. Start with the petals and work inward.
STEP 4: Try and identify the parts. Stem, leaves, petals, and some may even have stamen and pistil.
Can you name the parts of a flower you can see?
STEP 5: Take your magnifying glass if you are using one and see what other details you notice about the flower and its parts.
More Activities To Extend The Learning
Looking for more plant lesson plans? Here are a few suggestions…
Learn about the apple life cycle with these fun printable activity sheets!
Use art and craft supplies to learn about the different parts of a plant and the function of each.
Use a few simple supplies you have on hand to grow these cute grass heads in a cup.
Grab some leaves and find out how plants breathe with this simple activity.
Learn about how water moves through the veins in a leaf.
Watching flowers grow is an amazing science lesson for kids of all ages. Find out what are easy flowers to grow!
See up close how a seed grows and what happens under the ground with a seed germination jar.
Grab this printable plant cell coloring sheet to explore the parts of a plant cell.