Hello, One of my relatives owns a preschool and would like me and my colleague nepenthes77 to come in and do a lesson about plants. The children are 3 to 5 years old and based on what I have seen barely know what a plant is. We already have a basic plan put together but we would like a few suggestions from other CP'ers on this forum. What do you think would be appropriate for their age, and how would I incorporate CPs into the presentation?
Thank you in advance, nepenthes99
" At this present moment I care more about Drosera than the origin of all the species in the world. " - Charles Darwin
Sorry I'm waaaaay late to the party here, but I have given 2 talks to kids about that age. First time, I went a bit over their heads, but this is what worked the second time: Basically, they can't sit longer than 20 minutes without getting antsy, so the best idea is to bring plenty of example plants in and explain how the bugs get trapped. Then you can show several video clips of the different types of CPs and action shots of them catching prey. I found some good clips from David Attenborough's The Private Life of Plants as well as from the Life series. I can send anyone these clips if desired. I then described a bit about how they eat the bugs and why they need to eat bugs in order to survive, living where "normal" plants don't grow as well. They seemed the most bored during this part. They got in a line afterwards and were able to touch the plants and see bugs being digested. Also, they asked a ton of questions throughout. Hope it's at least useful info for anyone doing this in the future...