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33 Plant Videos for Your Kindergarten Class

Do you teach a plant unit in the spring? A plant theme is a great way to integrate science and literacy while tapping into your students’ life experiences! I’ve put together a collection of plant videos that are perfect for kindergarten students. These will help you teach about plant life cycles, parts of a plant, and what plants need to survive and grow.

Like my other video roundups, this one is divided into categories to help you choose plant videos that make it easy to integrate your theme across the curriculum. You’ll find lots of plant videos for teaching science, but also some for math, literacy, and art concepts (and some that are just for fun)!

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Plant Videos for Kindergarten

Whether you are teaching a few quick plant lessons to coincide with Earth Day or Mother’s Day projects or are going in-depth with a full thematic unit, these plant videos will help make your lessons come to life with your kindergarten class!

Plant Videos for Teaching Science Concepts

This first section of plant videos is the most robust, as there is a lot of good content out there for teaching the science of plants to young children. Take a look below to see some of the best plant videos to use in your science lessons!

Informational Plant Videos

From Learn Bright, this 7.5-minute video gives students a close look at the things plants need to grow—and how those things help a plant with the process of photosynthesis.

If you’re looking for a kid-friendly mini-documentary that will teach your students some new information about plants, this 9.5-minute video from Free School has you covered. With narration over interesting video footage and photographs, this video touches on plant structure, photosynthesis, plant defenses and adaptations (including a cool section on carnivorous plants that kids will love!), and seed dispersal.

This SciShow Kids video lesson is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and is a great accompaniment to a bean seed dissection lesson!

Another great bean video, this time lapse shows 25 days of kidney bean growth in just over three minutes. This cross-section video shows students what happens both below and above ground when a seed sprouts.

Here’s another plant video from SciShow Kids. In this one, Jessi and Squeaks explore the seeds of a few different plants and, through animation, show how germination begins.

This SciShow Kids video is a demonstration of a science experiment that tests how plants grow with different variables. This would be a great one to watch before conducting your own classroom experiment. Here’s the follow-up video that shows the results of the experiment!

Plant Science Episodes With Favorite Characters

These short episodes entertain and inform with fictional characters teaching real science concepts.

This episode of Peep and the Big Wide World is just under nine minutes long. In it, Peep and his friends learn through experience how a sunflower grows.

From PBS Kids, this episode of Xavier and the Secret Museum features George Washington Carver. He teaches Xavier, Brad, and Yadina how plants help us in our everyday lives.

Also from PBS Kids, Sid the Science Kid and his classmates learn all about how to plant a tree and why trees are important. This mini-episode is three minutes long.

This Hero Elementary video from PBS Kids includes two episodes of the animated series. The second one, which begins at about the 12-minute mark, is called “Plant Problem.” In it, the protagonists learn all about plant parts and needs while rescuing the town from an out-of-control plant.

Here’s a science-rich episode of The Magic School Bus. In “The Magic School Bus Gets Planted,” Ms. Frizzle turns Phoebe into Jack’s Beanstalk during the school play. The children must learn all about how plants grow to make the play a success!

Some episodes of The Magic School Bus are also streaming on Netflix. If that’s available to you, take a look at episode 11, “The Magic School Bus Goes to Seed” for another great episode!

This full episode of Cyberchase also features a plant theme. In it, the two storylines both focus on the importance of trees in our environment.

Plant Science Songs

These plant videos feature catchy tunes that teach science concepts while giving students chances to sing and dance!

Brought to us by Firefly Family Theater, “Roots, Stem, Leaves, Flower” is a catchy tune with simple hand motions. Great for an educational brain break, this song will really stick with your kiddos!

Scratch Garden has a song about the parts of a plant, too. This one goes a little further, including seeds, roots, stems, leaves, branches, flowers, pistils, stamens, and fruit. Scratch Garden’s song also touches on the life cycle of a plant.

Here’s a quick song from Harry Kindergarten that teaches about the five basic needs of plants.

Here’s another fun song about a plant’s needs—this one from kid-favorite Jack Hartmann.

“Vicky Violet” is a cute song about a plant growing from seed to flower. This song, from The Music Classroom, has a soothing melody and would be great to listen to as a calm-down song after recess.

From Miss Molly, this repetitive and catchy song teaches about the life cycle of a plant with sweet, simple animation.

Grab a ready-to-use informational plant unit on TPT or in the My Happy Place Website shop! This unit includes an informational slideshow along with lots of teaching tools and printable activities.

Plant Unit with PowerPoint


This “All About Plants” thematic unit includes materials to help you integrate learning about plants into science, social studies, literacy, and math in your primary classroom. You will download a zipped folder including a PPT file and a PDF.

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Plant Videos for Teaching Math

Here are a few fun plant videos to help you bring your plant theme into your math instruction!

From STEMHAX, here’s a read-aloud video of the book From the Garden: A Counting Book About Growing Food by Michael Dahl (illustrated by Todd Ouren). This simple picture book includes the numbers 1-12 in a vegetable garden. If you’d like to add this to your library, you can find it here on Amazon.

This video from The Blue Brain Teacher teaches students the ordinal numbers 1st through 10th as Benny the Bunny hops through the vegetable garden.

Preschool Science with the Treeschoolers brings us “Five Spring Flowers” in this song and dance video. As the song counts up to five and back down, this video offers a great opportunity to practice adding and subtracting within five!

These printable Flower Math Puzzles are another easy way to incorporate your plant unit into your math block. You can find them here on TPT or in the My Happy Place shop!

Flower Math Puzzles


Perfect for an independent practice math center, these cheerful flower puzzles include four options: shape/object matching (2D & 3D), shape sorting, addition matching, number bonds/addition matching (ways to make ten), and teen numbers matching.

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Plant Videos for Your Literacy Lessons

Here’s a set of plant videos that can support your teaching of literacy skills and concepts in the kindergarten classroom.

Jack and the Beanstalk is a fun piece of fiction to add to your plant theme. This animated version by Cool School works nicely as a comparison with a more traditional version of the story.

And here’s a read-aloud video from Story Time with Ms. Alma of a more traditional version of Jack and the Beanstalk. You can find this version for your classroom library here on Amazon.

This read-aloud, by My Cozy Corner, is of Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert. This story, which you can find here on Amazon, is a great way for children to learn the names of various flowers and to make connections to their own gardening experiences.

This post, Five Books for Teaching About Plants and Seeds, offers more beautiful plant books to add to your classroom library.

Five Beautiful Plant Books

Plant Videos with Art Ideas

No thematic unit is complete without opportunities for artistic development and creative expression! Here are some videos with art projects you can use as part of your plant unit.

If you’re looking for a somewhat elaborate art project, maybe for a Mother’s Day gift, this one is lovely and fits in well with a plant unit!

I like this simple tutorial for drawing a sunflower from Smart Kids Art.

Here’s another directed drawing video. This one, from Art for Kids Hub is of a tulip in a flower pot.

I think this leaf art video from Make it easy with deeps could really inspire students to work in a nature-inspired art center!

More Plant Videos: Just for Fun!

This final set of plant videos is perfect to pull from when you need a brain break, a cool-down time for recess, or a little reward at the end of the day!

Here’s a cute video of Sesame Street’s Grover learning what plants need to grow (in his usual silly way).

If you’ve read Ruth Krauss’s The Carrot Seed, you know it’s a book of few words. This vintage audio recording tells the story but embellishes it with much more detail and dialogue. I think this would be a neat video to use when talking about retelling a picture book (and using illustrations to make inferences)!

From The Laurie Berkner Band – Kids Songs, “One Seed” is a sweet song about caring for the Earth.

Need a little movement break? Why not teach your students to do the tree pose with this short video from Cosmic Kids Yoga?

This final song from Treehouse Direct is upbeat and catchy. This is a nice one to get kids up and dancing!

I hope this collection of plant videos helps you out as you prepare your thematic unit! Thanks for reading!

If you’re looking for ready-to-use resources for your plant theme, take a look at this full unit. Complete with an informational slideshow, teaching tools, and a bunch of printable activities, this set will make your planning a breeze! Find it on TPT or here in the My Happy Place website shop.

classroom crafts and printable tools for teaching about the lifecycle of a plant

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