It really worked out that I only had one x-acto knife on hand. I don't think I could have controlled three kids and three very sharp objects at one time. I know my limits! :)
We found some very new seeds deep down inside the hibiscus.
Since only one child could dissect at a time, the other two continue working on their individual assignments until it was their turn. This was a great motivator to get things done.
It was really exciting that we were able to see and identify all of the parts we had learned about earlier in the week.
We only had one bloom from the star cactus and zucchini plant. So, to keeps things fair (because that is oober important to my kids), I did the dissecting and they watched.
The inside of the zucchini blossom really showed the ovary of the plant. This was a very exciting discovery because it looked just like the picture in the book. :)
The star cactus bloom smelled SO BAD - as in week old fish bad. This was a great example of how some plants have fowl odors to attract flies. It was soooooo gross!
Then, Ginger, our two year old family member joined in. She doesn't seem impressed by the smell, either. :)
There were some other neat parts to the star cactus bloom but by that point I had the awful smell on my hands and I did not want to touch my phone to take pictures. I will say the inside of the bloom was really furry, which was also a neat discovery.
It was such a great lesson filled with excitement and some not so great smells. :)
Just a thought: To get a large variety of flowers you could call a flower shop and ask if they have a blooms that could no longer be sold. This may be an inexpensive way (possible free) to get your hands on various types of flowers.