Outdoor hour challenge of Queen Anne's Lace.
We headed to one of our favorite close nature parks while in Wilsonville, Graham Oaks Park. There are a lot of wildflowers there, so I was happy to see that there was definitely some Queen Anne's Lace.
I asked them why they thought it was called Queen Anne's Lace. The boys answered very logically "because the queen likes to wear lace!"
We found the purple floret in the middle, and we talked about how the clusters of flowers make up the larger pattern making it look like one large flower.
If this weren't such an obnoxious weed over here it would be quite beautiful.
April said, "I think this is also called wild carrot!" It sure is! These are the clusters of Queen Anne's Lace after the flowers wither, and the fruits begin to form.
There was a lot we didn't talk about, but it was just enough. You can't over-do with children in nature. Let them lead. They looked long enough for us to discuss the important points of the flower, and when they were done I called it good enough.
Two stalks of the Queen Anne's lace from the same root in different phases of their growth, so much like the children, all at different stages in their journey!
We had to get going to violin lessons so I had the children work on their notebook pages in the car. I printed up the one with the challenge at Handbook of Nature study. Even the 3 year old was pretty excited about drawing his "flower."
|Aric's sketch of Queen Anne's lace. He wanted to draw in his paper bag nature book. Love it!|
|Alex's drawings of Queen Anne's lace. He even made a green stalk!|
|This is Aaron's (age 8) sketch of Queen Anne's lace.|
|April (age 13).|