What could be more fun than doing a herbarium? With this easy and fun activity, you can learn a thousand and one about the nature around you. It is possible to make a herbarium for each season. Pick flowers, pick flowers, collect fun-colored and shaped leaves or twigs as you walk around the house or even in another area during the holidays. Then let them dry and stick them in your notebook as you write down your observations. Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating a herbarium!
What I need to get started:
- Large notebook or sheets of paper
- adhesive tapes
- Your flowers and leaves
When you go for a walk in nature, you can pick flowers, herbs or even leaves. It is best to be accompanied by an adult, as certain plant species are protected and cannot be picked. Open your eyes and choose plants in the colors you want and preferably medium-sized to fit in the booklet. Be sure to mark the location where do you pick them up.
After harvesting, take the plants one by one and place them one by one between the two sheets from the newspaper. Then place these sheets in a large, heavy book to flatten them. Add a dictionary to a closed book and let it dry for a few days. If you do not have newspapers, you can use kitchen paper.
3) Collage and layout
Once the plants are dry, you can start gluing them to the herbarium. Glue one plant per side using small pieces of tape that you place on the stems and ends of the plant. This is a delicate phase because dry plants are very fragile and may break.
Use your pen to write next to a flower or magazine:
- the name of the vegetable
- scientific name (you can find it in a special book or on the Internet, it is a Latin name)
- the place where you found this plant and the date
- description of your plant (colors, scents, shapes, if used for anything)
You can also draw this plant by hand on another sheet you place in front of the dried plant and mark the names of each part, such as petals, stems, stamens, and so on.
You can keep your notebook for the rest of your life and enrich it with every flower or leaf find!