Unit Study: Preschool Plants

Target Age Group:

Preschoolers (Ages 3-5) Grade Level: Pre-K


By the end of this unit study, preschoolers will be able to:

  1. Identify and name basic parts of plants: roots, stems, leaves, flowers.
  2. Understand the basic needs of plants for growth: water, sunlight, soil.
  3. Recognize different types of plants and their uses.
  4. Develop fine motor skills through arts and crafts activities related to plants.
  5. Gain a basic understanding of plant-related concepts in science and nature.

Schedule: 5-Day Plan

Day 1: Introduction to Plants

  • Introduce the concept of plants and their importance.
  • Learn about basic plant parts: roots, stems, leaves, flowers.
  • Read books about plants.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create a parts of a plant diagram.

Day 2: Plant Needs

  • Explore what plants need to grow (water, sunlight, soil).
  • Engage in hands-on watering and observing plant growth.
  • Read books about plant needs.
  • Arts and Crafts: Decorate plant pots.

Day 3: Types of Plants

  • Learn about different types of plants (trees, flowers, vegetables).
  • Discuss how different plants are used in our daily lives.
  • Read books about plant types.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create a paper flower garden.

Day 4: Nature Exploration

  • Take a nature walk to observe and identify plants.
  • Discuss the diversity of plants in different environments.
  • Read books about plants in nature.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create leaf rubbings.

Day 5: Plant Life Cycle

  • Explore the life cycle of a plant (seed, sprout, plant, flower, fruit).
  • Plant seeds and engage in planting activities.
  • Read books about plant life cycles.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create a plant life cycle craft.

Resource List:


  1. “The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle – Amazon Link
  2. “Planting a Rainbow” by Lois Ehlert – Amazon Link
  3. “From Seed to Plant” by Gail Gibbons – Amazon Link


  1. “The Planting Song” by Have Fun Teaching – YouTube Link
  2. “The Plant Song” by Kids Learning Tube – YouTube Link
  3. “All About Plants for Kids” by Homeschool Pop – YouTube Link

Arts and Crafts:

  1. Parts of a Plant Diagram – Create a diagram showing the different parts of a plant.
  2. Decorated Plant Pots – Decorate plain plant pots with paint or stickers.
  3. Paper Flower Garden – Craft paper flowers and arrange them in a garden scene.
  4. Leaf Rubbings – Collect leaves and make rubbings using crayons and paper.
  5. Plant Life Cycle Craft – Create a visual representation of the plant life cycle using craft materials.

Adapt and customize the activities based on the interests and abilities of the preschoolers in your unit study. Have a delightful time exploring the fascinating world of plants with your young learners!

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