Instead of protecting brains, this plant grows skulls to protect its seeds! Grow plant skulls and make plant skull pencil toppers (good luck charms) to help foster in children the fun of gardening. That’s right, the plants you are going to grow with your students have pods that look like skulls, (some actually look like alien skulls!) Most kids do not like the thought of weeding a garden or having anything to do with gardening. The classroom teacher can help parents foster gardening fun by doing activities such as this one using plants in the classroom. This activity is a great one that students will love and have something to take home or just have in the classroom as they work on writing. You can grow these flowers to beautify your sidewalk during the summer and save the pods for your students or students can grow these from seeds in the classroom. Students will love the activity of making a plant skull pencil topper good luck charm which will help make writing fun for them as well.
Once the pods are dry, you can make the skull pencil topper good luck charms with your students! A very fun activity with lots of learning and best of all....they can keep the good luck charm! (Kids are very fascinated with skulls; particularly boys!)
Once the pods have developed, dump the seeds out and you’ll have plenty for students to grow their own or replenish your supply for next year! A great activity for Halloween if started early or right on Halloween...
While growing these plants, your students can learn about how plants reproduce including self pollination, cross pollination, fertilization, stigma, style, pistil, pollen, petals, and more! As students grow these plants, and in order for seeds to develop, the flowers will need to be pollinated...which they will be! By themselves! Teach students all about pollination and reproduction using this great plant model! Dissect the flowers and demonstrate some neat features about this plant in addition to the skull pods. Or...just grow as a fun activity to stimulate “gardening” or plant interest/garden enthusiasm!
This packet includes what variety of plant is needed to grow these skull pods, (very easy and affordable to obtain; and found in most stores that sell flower seed packets) how to grow the seeds, how to make the pencil topper good luck charms, how to collect the seeds for using next year, some interesting science facts about the plant, and a “how to” guide for dissecting the flowers including a simple flower anatomy chart of this plant.