Today we are going to immerse ourselves in tubes that carry liquid inside the plant. The word, “vascular,” means “tubes that carry fluid.” Did you know that plants have veins and vascular systems just like you and me? Jeannie, said it this way, “God made living things in a similar way; plants and people both have tubes inside them.” This morning I was talking to my beautiful (inside and out) sister-in-law I told her about today’s adventure and what we were going to explore and she immediately saw the correlation between all of God’s creation. We can see that everything in the world is made by the same artist: God!

So,grab your backpacks! Let’s go explore God’s canvas! Here we go…

Right as we stepped outside we looked at the Calla Lily first. It had great veins…

The Iris’ veins were a lot thinner…

The tomato leaf’s veins were easily distinguishable…

Sugar Plum became attached to the strawberry leaf and carried it for the rest of our journey…

The children were all fascinated with the small plants and the way they distributed water, but they were amazed that something so big as an oak could do the same thing.

Smiley enjoyed the adventure too, he just nodded, held my finger, and smiled…

Can you see the midrib on this oak leaf? It is the vein in the very middle that is thicker than the rest. If you go back through the other pictures can you identify their midrib’s too?

These adventures open up other questions, like… “Mom, why are these leaves brown?” And…

“Where are the veins on this one?”, “That is an evergreen.”, “What is an evergreen?”…

“Why is the local zoologist following us?” (I figure our cat knows more than I do about animals, why else would she leave me the best morsels of the bird, mice, and rabbits after she has dissected them on my welcoming mat.)

And, the best part of the adventure… Having fun with the kiddos in God’s creation!

*If you go out and collect your own leaves, don’t forget to keep them for your notebooking journal!

Oh, Oh…Jeannie, says in a later lesson we get to do an experiment that takes all the green stuff off of the leaf to expose the hidden veins beneath. Exciting!

Disclosure:I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.

The Exploring Creation with Botany was written for ages 6 to 12.

If you missed the first part of this journey, please check out Exploring God’s Creation – Botany.