Saturday, May 7, 2011

Fantastic Flowers

Serena has always loved flowers. We started taking her to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival since she was about 3. You know she's in her happy place when she skips instead of walk and has a running commentary on everything she sees.

Providentially, a week later we had a YNC field trip, "Fantastic Flowers", to the VanDusen Garden. The children learned the parts of a flower and the function of pollinators. Serena chose to be a mason bee as the kids took the roles of different pollinators to collect and distribute pollen from flower to flower.

Speaking of providence, we happened to have loaned a handheld digital microscope from a friend recently. This cool little gadget captures the magnified images of specimen directly on the computer. Serena looked like a real scientist at work!

Now that we've learned about the different parts of a flower, we had fun taking our tulips apart and examining them under the microscope. (Serena has collected a bunch of fallen tulip bulbs from our Skagit Valley trip.)

Praise God for springtime blossoms!


  1. Great pictures and great work.
    Nanny & Papa

  2. Wow I love how the digital microscope opens up a whole new horizon here. I would love to order some of these for the library Tina! Can you let me know how expensive they are and where to purchase? PS the learning looks amazing! Serena you really look like a scientist:) Loved the photographs of all the flowers.. Praise God for flowers and creation in spring! Blessings Pippa