Monday, November 5, 2012

Discover Nature: Cattails

Cattails grow in wet marginal areas and in the fall are full of wispy seeds that fly about and stick to your clothes.  This discovery is similar to the milk weed challenge and made a great big mess in our front yard.

Materials: Cattails (you can find these in ponds, marshes and often along roadsides)

Spend a few moments talking about where you can find cattails.  Then pass out cattails and let them discover.  Look at the parts carefully including the seeds, the stalks and the small little wisps that fly about.  If you don't want cattails growing in the wet areas near your home, you may need to contain this activity.

Our discovery...

I think these pictures speak for themselves.  We loved the fun of cattails flying everywhere.  Just look at all those seeds!


  1. Cattails can also be food! :) has some information, but you can Google for a lot more. It's a pretty neat plant!

    1. Wow - I had no idea - thanks for sharing, may have to try eating them.

  2. What fun! And who knew you could eat them? Thanks for sharing on "Look! What We Did!" I always enjoy reading your tales.

  3. Awesome! I love the photos, especially the one with the funny face :)

  4. Oh we love cattails, soooo much fun!! Looks like everyone enjoyed it.

  5. The perfect way to discover nature, out there and trying things out. Doplease pop over and share with me on Country Kids too.

  6. What a wonderful discovery activity!! So much fun involved! Thank you for sharing at Happy Family Times!


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