See, Touch and Hear: Preschool
- Grade Level:
- Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants
- 45 minutes
- Group Size:
- Up to 60
- in the park
OverviewHawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has special things to see and touch. It is a beautiful place to discover special plants and animals by using your senses.
Objective(s)Hands-on Experience: Using our Senses
Ask students if they know why Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is a special place. Take a short walk between Kīlauea Visitor Center and the pā hula to discover two special plants.
Look at each of the photos and follow the instructions.
Find the hāpu‘u pulu or tree fern. The leaves grow long and sometimes hang above our heads. What color is the trunk? What does the pulu feel like? Tell students that hāpu‘u is sometimes called the mother of ‘ōhi‘a, because tiny seeds from other plants like the ‘ōhi‘a lehua fall onto the hāpu‘u, then grow. Can you see other plants growing on the hāpu‘u? Do the leaves of the hāpu‘u look like ‘ōhi‘a lehua leaves? How are they alike? How are they different. View
Sit down and close your eyes. What do you hear? Birds. What kind of bird is it? ‘Āpapane Can you see them? What color are the birds? Look at the picture if you do not see them in the trees. Can you sing like an ‘āpapane? Their wings make a fluttering sound. To eat the birds roll their tongues up like a straw. It helps them to get their food from the tiny cups at the bottom of the flower. See if you can roll your tongue like a straw. View