There is a lot more to flowers than just a pretty scent and beautiful colors. Some scientists spend their entire careers studying just a few varieties of flowers. Botany, the study of plants, is all about learning everything there is to know about flowers. If your kids are flower lovers, then they will love making this 3D model of a flower.
Our inspiration for this hands-on STEM activity was the lovely rose. My kids love roses, but they didn’t know much about the parts of a rose before this activity. After researching roses and building their very own 3D roses, they are now experts on all things roses.
This 3d model of the parts of a plant is the perfect addition to your spring STEM activities!
3D Flower Model Science Project
Follow along to learn how to make a model of a flower with all the parts labeled!
Wildflower Rose Science
What we found researching the parts of a flower and a rose is that there are very few wild roses left in the world.
However, Texas, our home state, is home to one of the last strains of uncultivated rose, called rosa blanda. This rose is a more open-face rose than what we traditionally think of when we picture roses, but it is a bright pink rose with a wide open center and five distinct petals.
The rose my kids ended up making is similar to roas balnda, but not an exact replica as they put too many petals on their rose.
Parts of a Flower Rose Model
Make sure your 3D parts of a flower model contains all of the important parts of a flower. In a wild rose, you’ll find these parts.
The parts of a wild rose:
What You Need to Make a Parts of a Flower Model
The goal of this biology challenge was to see if my kids could recreate a flower as closely as possible. We used everyday supplies, listed below:
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How to Make a 3D Model of a Flower
First, we spent some time researching wild roses.
Next, the kids studied pictures of roses to determine the parts they needed to recreate with their paper rose.
The petals, leaves, and sepals were made from paper. The stem was a drinking straw. The roots, soil, and filaments were made from play dough.
The kids used hot glue to stick the parts of their flower together. We like to use hot glue because it dries almost instantly and makes it easier to build 3D shapes.
After the flower was complete, the girls compared it with pictures of real wild roses to see how close they got to the real design. Other than wild roses having a more open petal shape, the rose looks pretty accurate!
We also labeled our rose models later, so that we could remember the design and the parts in the future.
Displaying Your 3D Flower Model
If you’ve constructed your flower models from clay or playdough, they will dry overnight. Stand the flower models up straight while they dry, and then they can be showcased in a display cabinet once they are fully dry.
Lable each part with a piece of paper to complete the project.