Life cycles are so fun to explore with young, curious learners! This multi-sensory stages of a plant life cycle for kids really brings the process to life and helps kids remember it. This life cycle of a bean plant diagram is a great way to learn about each stage.

– Life Over C's Life cycle of a plant diagrams for kids.

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Plant Life Cycle Supplies You Will Need:

  • Printer
  • Paper or cardstock
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Since I don’t seem to have the best green thumb, my husband bought me an indoor vegetable garden. You can easily put in the pods, add water when the blue light comes on, and add liquid plant food when the green light comes on.

You want tomatoes? No problem! Just about a month and there are fresh, red tomatoes at your finger tips. It’s amazing to see the growth in such a short amount of time.

I love that it requires simple materials that you probably already having lying around. And I love that you can adapt the life cycle of a plant for kindergarten craft into ANY life cycle you might be studying! Imagine all the comparing and contrasting possibilities.

Learning the 4 Stages of a Plant Life Cycle in Preschool

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Biology for kids help children connect with nature, and they help them understand the world around them.

This life cycle of a plant diagram is a great hands-on way to explore how a plant comes into the world. Since kids are already familiar with plants and typically have background knowledge, learning specific information about how a seed becomes a flower is fascinating and real to students.

The life cycle of a plant activity worksheet includes seeds, sprouts, leaves, roots, and buds.

I like to use the life cycle of a plant for kids at the end of the unit to review what we learned, to practice the vocabulary, and to have a final finished product to refer to as we study other plants, animals, and insects.

In addition to learning about seeds and stems, you can pose additional questions to young learners. Depending on the species of plant you study, there could be additional questions for thought:

  • How does a plant change as it develops?
  • What does the plant need to grown and survive?
  • How do the roots help the plant?
  • What food can you get from plants?
– Life Over C's Life cycle of a plant diagram styles.

What Can Preschoolers Learn While Making a Diagram of the Life Cycle of a Plant?

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Students learn vocabulary and processes on the simple life cycle of a bean plant to compare/contrast with other animals, plants, or insects.

– Life Over C's Match the labels to the pictures to show the plant life cycle stages.

Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn About Life Cycles?

Children are naturally curious about everything around them. Learning about the life cycles of living things help them understand the world a little bit better.

Background Knowledge

Learning about life cycles is really the first step toward more complex science concepts, like the scientific method.

Understand Cycles

Many things in our world are cyclical: life, seasons, and weather are a few examples. Understanding basic life cycles gives kids knowledge of general cycles.

Connect with Nature

The more children know and understand about the natural world, the more they will connect and understand to natural surroundings. Having hands on science experiments and activities provide a better understanding.

Make Connections

Learning different life cycles, from plants to animals and insects, helps kids make deeper connections among them and relate it to themselves.

How To Use Make the STEM Plant Lifecycle

How To Make The Lifecycle Diagrams

Step One:

Print the kindergarten science worksheets and pictures on paper or cardstock. There is an option to choose from either black/white or color.

– Life Over C's Multiple styles and levels of plant life cycle diagrams.

Step Two:

Create each stage of the life cycle with the children. Cut out the pieces and have the children place them in the correct order. It’s best to have them place it on the spot before they glue it on so you can check for understanding.

– Life Over C's Simple diagram showing 4 stages of a plant life cycle.

Extend the Activity:

Frog activities

Our DIY mini greenhouses are easy science experiments for kids. What a great way to get little fingers working!

Create a Book

Make a life cycle book with half sheets of paper and child illustrations/labels of each step in the life cycle of a plant. These can include seed pods and flowering plants.

Picture Matching

Give your child real-life life cycle pictures for a plant unit and see if they can match them to the diagrams.

Sensory Bin

Talk about the life cycle stages of a sunflower and work on fine motor skills as you play in a flower-themed sensory bin.

Have a Snack

A dirt themed snack is a great way to please hungry kiddos while still reviewing important concepts and vocabulary!

Play a Game

Continue learning about life cycles with a sunflower sequencing card game. What is special about the flowers and seeds?

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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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