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Good morning everybody,

 

We heard that many of you have been busy either planting your own plants or observing plants grow in your back gardens or during your family walks.

 

Well, we have been busy planting too and had lots and lots of fun in different ways. Maybe you would like to have a go doing some of these activities or using them as ideas for your own plant fun.

 

 

Look and take notes of the plants you see - in your home, in your garden or during your family walks. Have a go at sorting the plants using different criteria (some are given in the pdf below).
Do you remember what are the parts of a plant and what jobs they do? 

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Use the UK Food Labels to place the food on the UK Food Map.

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Poetry - Have a go at writing your own poem about vegetable actions.

Where Broccoli Comes From | POEM | Kids' Poems and Stories With Michael Rosen

Did you ever wonder where broccoli comes from? Listen to Michael Rosen's poem to find out.

Can you write your own poem about where a different vegetable or fruit comes from?

Orange Juice | POEM | Kids' Poems and Stories With Michael Rosen

Another great story poem; this time about disappearing orange juice.

Chocolate Cake | POEM | Kids' Poems and Stories With Michael Rosen

What an amazingly funny poem this is! it's not about plants directly, but still about food.

Do you know any other poems about plants or food?

Please share them (reading them or just their titles and your reviews about them) on our Twitter or Facebook pages.

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Here is another example of art using plants, or rather fruits. This is an observational drawing of a basket with fruits. Observational art means you draw exactly it’s drawing what you see in front of you as realistically and as true to life as possible, the best way you can. You need to look carefully at the shapes, the patterns, the perspective (distance -how far or how close it is from you), the colours, the shadows as you draw. You have to be patient and resilient, as it may take more than one attempt. The drawing below took 7 attempts over five days. However, it does show the fruits clearly; don't you think? Can you name the fruits in the basket? 
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How To Draw What You See - Observational Drawing

 

Materials you will need:

  • Paper
  • Pencil 
  • Other drawing tools, such as coloured pencils or crayons
  • Eraser 

 

Steps:

1. First get everything you will need ready. Set your paper and art materials down in front of the item you want to draw.

2. Start by sketching the overall form loosely (like drawing an outline), and as large as possible, on the paper.

3. Once you have the big picture outlines of your drawing objects on paper, you can begin to add details - smaller shapes or parts within, shading, patterns, colours, hairs, spots, etc.

Remember to keep looking back and forth from the object to your paper, as you draw what you see.

 

For example, If drawing a simple an orange, you can can think about what shape does that orange look like to you (like a sphere or circle), how big are you going to draw the circle on your paper. When the you've drawn the outline think about how to show the dimpled texture of the orange peel - maybe using dots, where do you see most of the dots and where is that on your drawing. Think about the colour but remember that each colour has more than one share. Look carefully at what shade is the orange on different sides. You can experiment on a separate piece of paper - draw colours that are most close to the colour you need one on top of another. Try doing it gently and light or harder and dark. 

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