Pressing Plants

Pressing Plants lesson plan

  • 1.

    This simple plant press fits well in curriculum explorations of healthy foods, life without refrigerators or freezers, humidity, and seasons.

  • 2.

    Encourage families to help their children find safe, fallen leaves and flowers. What a great weekend activity.

  • 3.

    Ask families to save corrugated cardboard. If necessary, cut pieces with a knife. Store the knife safely out of children’s reach.

  • 4.

    Collect nonpoisonous fallen leaves and flowers such as dandelions or clover. Only with permission, pick flowers from gardens.

  • 5.

    To make a plant press: On top of corrugated cardboard, layer two or three paper towels. Spread out leaves or flowers flat on the paper towels.

  • 6.

    Place several sheets of newspaper on top of this stack. Write your name with Crayola® Washable Markers on the top.

  • 7.

    Put heavy books or bricks on top of the plant press. Dry overnight. Change newspaper each day until the plant is dry.

  • 8.

    To make a collage: Arrange dried plants on colorful construction paper in a pleasing design. Cut pieces with Crayola® Scissors. Glue them on with Crayola® School Glue. Add decorative details with markers.


  • Asking Questions
  • Vocabulary
  • Physical: Senses
  • Physical: Small Muscles
  • Social & Emotional: Flexibility
  • Thinking: Observing
  • Thinking: Predicting Outcomes
  • Thinking: Understanding Concepts