Last Updated on January 20, 2021 by worldoftravelswithkids
We are a nature-loving family who enjoys exploring the outdoors. The kids love learning fun plant facts and this Mumma enjoys trees, plants, and wildflowers. In fact, we enjoy all the amazing wildflowers of Western Australia and even gardening as a family. There is so much to learn and be in awe about plants and trees. They literally give us the air and nutrients to sustain us as human beings. If you enjoy nature as much as we do then you will definitely want to read these amazing facts on trees and fun plants facts for kids.
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Amazing Facts On Trees & Fun Plant Facts For Kids
We got so excited about our post Interesting Facts For Kids About Koalas, and the amazing koala habitat they live in (trees!) that we went on to discover some amazing facts of trees, and fun plant facts for kids. The exciting plant kingdom is a wonderful place to spend time with, whether you are a child or an adult. It surely makes for some interesting conversation with kids as you ply them with fun facts about plants.
Why Are Plants So Important
If we are talking about plants amazing facts then this one is the most important by far. Plants are vital for the planet as plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen from their leaves, which humans and other animals need to breathe. In a nutshell, both animals and humans rely on plants for their very survival.
There Are More Than 80,000 Species Of Edible Plants
Say again? The earth has more than 80,000 species of edible plants. I need to tell my kids that there are plenty of new things out there to try. However, sadly, 90 percent of the foods that humans eat come from just 30 plants, meaning that we have an incredibly limited diet compared to what we could.
Most Of The Earth’s Forests Have Been Cleared
The most tragic of the plant facts for kids is that 80 percent of the Earth’s original forests have been cleared or destroyed. And there is one reason for this – humans clearing the planet. Don’t be mistaken that this has slowed down; it is getting faster and faster. Actually, if you can please take a look at David Attenborough’s: A Life On Our Planet. In this beautifully constructed documentary, the famous naturalist and filmmaker show how the world has been increasingly destroyed – only in his lifetime. It’s eye-opening and heartbreaking all at once. However, there is good news – he provides solutions to reverse this devastating trend.
Now … For Some Seriously Fun Plant Facts
Bananas Are Fingers
The word banana is an Arabic word for fingers, and a bunch of bananas is known as a hand, with each of the bananas being known as a finger.
Vegetables That Are Actually Fruits
There is a number of plants that we call vegetables but are actually fruits. These include cucumbers which have seeds, tomatoes, and avocados.
Strawberries Are Really Special
Yes, strawberries are special apart from their delicious taste. It is the only fruit that has its seeds on the outside (not the inside)!
Ginkgo Biloba Is A Living Fossil, And Useful Natural Treatment
Yes, plants are amazing. One of the special ones is Ginkgo Biloba which one of the oldest living tree species in the world. It’s the sole survivor of an ancient group of trees that date back to before dinosaurs roamed the Earth – creatures that lived between 245 and 66 million years ago. That is a seriously long time ago.
As a natural treatment, Gingko Biloba can help fight inflammation, improve circulation and heart health, and has been known to reduce anxiety and assists with depression. I personally use Gingko Biloba for reducing the effects of altitude sickness, which can be experienced when traveling to high altitude places like Peru. Take a look at my other tips for reducing altitude sickness.
Being In Contact With Plants Is Very Relaxing
I love going out into the garden and getting my hands covered with soil, breathing in the fresh air, and watching plants grow. In short, gardening is a great hobby. Take a look at our Benefits of Gardening For Children.
Forests Can Make Great Therapists
It’s true, there is a therapy developed in Japan, called Shinrin-Yoku. This translates as forest bathing and is about slowing down to connect with the forest, and yourself. Basically, you walk slowly while noticing what is happening around you in the forest. Going very slowly you carefully notice the trees and plants and listen to the forest. This sounds like a wonderful therapy and another of the amazing facts on trees!
Plants Are A Great Source Of Dyes
Plants can be used as natural dyes. I was privileged to see this first hand in Peru through my work with the wonderful women weavers of Threads of Peru. You can read more about the Natural dyes of Peru here.
The Verdict – REALLY Amazing Fun Plant Facts For Kids
Plants and trees are amazing structures. Their benefits go beyond giving life-sustaining food and air. They are useful medicines for the body and spirit. We hope you have enjoyed our fun plant facts for kids and amazing facts of trees. Make sure you get outside and explore! What are your favorite plants amazing facts to share? Let us know in the comments below.
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