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© 2015 Shanna Lea
When I went out on nature walks and hiking with my kids, we always observed the plants we saw. We also watched the goats browse on different plants to see what they liked, given a natural diet away from the barn.
Trying to learn about plants can be a big undertaking when you are learning on your own through plant identification field guides. There is a pattern to all these plants families though, and Thomas J Elpel has written books to help you learn these families in a simple way. When you have learned them, you will even be able to identify them when going 60 miles down the road, see a flower and know it’s in the mustard family!
There are many reasons to learn about plants. Some of the reasons I wanted to learn about them were:
- Tap into ancestral knowledge of plants
- Identify edible plants
- Identify poisonous plants
- Identify plants for survival
- Identify plants for medicinal remedies
- Identify plants for providing a natural diet for my livestock—goats, rabbits, chickens, etc
- Teach my kids how to identify plants so they would have ancestral knowledge to pass on to their children
In Thomas J Elpel’s book, Botany in a Day, you will learn basic plant anatomy and how to identify eight of the worlds most common plant families, which includes more than 45,000 species. With this knowledge alone, you can recognize the plant family patterns anywhere in the world, by looking at the petals, stamens, pistils, and leaf patterns.
The plant families you will learn through the books and card games are:
Check out these 3 videos by Thomas J Elpel, and then the books and card game below. Play card games for memory and concentration in matching the plant families. Learn with your kids by adding it to your homeschooling program or enhance your child’s education through the summer.
Books, Coloring Books and Games That May Be of Interest:
Other books that may interest you: