Flowering Plant Life Cycle Plate Spinner

This paper plate spinner is an easy and fun way to demonstrate the life cycle of a flowering plant.

For older children you could extend the activity by adding in extra stages, such as pollination and photosynthesis.


What you’ll need:

  • Felt tip pens
  • 2 paper plates
  • Scissors
  • Split pin

Plant life cycles


First you need to divide each paper plate into 4 sections.

On one plate draw part of a plant life cycle in each section in the correct order.

Plant life cycles

Next, cut out one section of the second plate.

Place the se

cond plate on top of the first and attach a split pin in the centre.  Try turning the top plate to reveal each stage of the plant life cycle.

Extension ideas

Can you add some text to each part of the life cycle giving more information?

Try creating a life cycle for a specific type of plant, for example a bean plant or sunflower. You could include a drawing of the specific flowers and seeds seen on each plant.

Can you make a plate spinner for an animal life cycle?



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