Activity Bank - Healing hands of nature
Pictures of plant specimens OR
Actual samples of plant specimens
Iron and Ironing board
Tape and glue
Colouring materials of different media such as crayons, marker, paints or pencil crayons
Forty-five minutes to one hour
Familiarize students with the different types of plants that have been selected based on the medicinal properties.
Have students draw the plant specimens on pieces of blank paper, or ask them to cut out the plants and add colour to the diagram if you made photocopies of the plants for them.
If working with actual samples, press the plants between sheets of waxed paper, wrap it in a tea towel and iron it for a few minutes to melt the wax on the paper. This will preserve the plant's structure and colour. Ask students to trim the waxed paper around the plant, and then attach them to sheets of paper.
Have students create a natural doctor's kit by making a scrapbook of the plant samples. Each plant should be accompanied by its name, where and when it grows, and what kind of ailment it may help to relieve. Students should be prepared to discuss their kit with the class.