Make a herbarium with the children

Full of energy, children find great pleasure in making an herbarium.

Whether in spring and the promise of sunny days, or in autumn with falling leaves,we suggest youoccupy themby making with them a herbarium.

The herbarium: a fun and educational achievement

What is a herbarium?

  • It's a book (a notebook or a binder) in which we list dried and flattened tree leaves, flowers or roots.
  • Each species of plant is arranged on a page. We note next to it the date and place of the harvest, its common and scientific name, its usefulness, its peculiarities, its fragrance and its personal observations.

Did you know ?

The different plants listed in a herbarium are called specimens.

Activity to do with children during confinement:

At a time when parents have to improvise as teachers, this is a way for children to understand and discover the plant world while having fun.

  • This activity is suitable for all ages and requires little equipment. It will help to develop concentration, a sense of observation, creativity, patience and enrich the child's vocabulary.
  • Outings to the garden are authorized without moderation by the measures of confinement.
  • The creation of the herbarium can continue throughout the confinement period, nature is in turmoil.
  • Colors and smells explode and evolve from spring to late summer in the garden.

Did you know ?

From the class of CM2,the creation of a herbarium can be requested from your child. It fits into the teaching program.

Create a herbarium with your children

Materials needed to make a herbarium:

  • Pruning shears and a pair of scissors.
  • Bags or containers for harvesting.
  • Labels to identify plant samples.
  • A4 sheets of Canson paper and an A4 size binder. A notebook with blank pages will do the trick.
  • Newsprint or magazines.
  • A plywood board or books.
  • A4 format perforated plastic sleeves.
  • Pencils.
  • Scotch.

Harvesting plants in the garden

Plants should be harvested in dry weather.Be sure to use pruning shears or a pair of scissors to remove them. The cut should be clean.

Each sample (flowers, leaves, flowers, fruits, etc.) should be placed in a different container and then identified by noting its common and scientific name on a sticker.

Smart tip for identifying plants

>> If you have difficulty identifying a leaf, plant or flower, ask the question on the Forum, our experts will be happy to answer you

Otherwise, use your own knowledge, an encyclopedia or the Internet to support your child.

Drying of plants:

  • Place the plants between two sheets of newspaper.
  • Place a weight on it such as a plywood board or a book.
  • Regularly check the progress of drying.

Eplanting of plants:

  • Gently take the dried plants and arrange them harmoniously on the sheets of Canson paper (one sample per page), leaving room for the annotations.
  • Maintain them with scotch tape.

Archiving of plants:

  • Slide the plant sample sheets into the transparent pockets and archive them in a binder by family (flowers, fruits, leaves, etc.).

Smart advice

To maintain a social bond while respecting confinement,children can introduce their friends to the creation of a herbarium by webcam (or messaging, social networks, etc.). They will be able to exchange ideas and follow the evolution of their personal achievement throughout the spring and summer period.

  • Why not have fun finding and collecting the most original (or colorful, etc.) plants in the garden?
  • This recreational meeting remotewill structure their long day.


Read also :

  • The children's vegetable garden
  • Make children love gardening

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