Outdoor Hour Challenge – Violets

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Outdoor Hour Challenge


Inside Preparation Work:

  • Read pages 476-479 in the Handbook of Nature Study (Lesson #123). This section has information that will help you identify and then study the violet. In the book, use your highlighter to mark a few facts to share with your child and then to use in your outdoor observations.
  • Where you can find: common blue violets, Canadian white violet, evergreen violet (redwoods).
  • Here is some basic information and images for the violet: Violets—Flower Expert.

Outdoor Hour Time:

  • Make this a violet hunt! Look for violets with their heart-shaped leaves and five petal blossoms. Remember that violets can be purple, purple-blue, white, and yellow. Look in shady moist places.
  • If it is appropriate, collect some violets to press for your nature journal.
  • Alternative study: You can study any of the flowers in the viola family. We regularly find violas for sale at our garden nursery.  Our favorites are Johnny Jump Ups.

Follow-Up Activity:

  • Create a nature journal entry for your violets. If you can collect a complete plant, this is a great subject for your nature journal. Make sure to draw in detail as many parts of the plant and flower as you can.
  • Advanced study: Use the suggestions in the Handbook of Nature Study to make a detailed entry answering as many of the questions as you can. Include a sketch of the flower parts with labels.

Additional Links:


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