Hobby Farms Magazine offers wonderful wildflower ID cards that can be used in all sorts of ways for nature study fun in your homeschool. The full-color cards offer photos and descriptions of fourteen wildflowers that can be found throughout the United States. These can be used in a myriad of ways for games, nature studies and more.
The ID cards include flowers such as Queen Anne’s lace, California poppy, wild lupine, purple coneflower and more. Each card includes the flower’s common name, latin name, flower description, leaf description, height and notes. The notes include information such as parts of the country where the wildflowers are commonly found.
There are all sorts of ways the cards could be used for homeschooling, including:
- Laminate them, hole punch the corner and keep them on a metal ring to take along on nature hikes.
- Start a nature quest to find as many of them as possible.
- Print out two sets and use them for a matching game.
- Put them in a small photo album for young children to flip through.
- Put them on the nature table along with natural items for kids to discover.
- Use them for lapbooking, notebooking or other homeschooling projects.
- Use them as inspiration cards and then make up more with the kids for other wildflowers that you encounter. Kids can draw or print out pictures of each new wildflower and find the information to write on the cards.
These are just a few ideas, of course. Small children also just enjoy collecting cards, and this is an easy way for them to learn about wildflowers. You can encourage kids to think up their own ways to use them, as well.