To start our scientific evaluation, we opened a bag of peanuts that were still in the shells. We looked at the peanuts, broke them open, felt the texture and then we drew them. We learned that peanuts are a LEGUME, not a nut.
After we had spent time observing peanuts, we decided to start drawing them. We practiced drawing a peanut with pencil on manila drawing paper. We drew curly roots and lots of peanuts underground. We drew the plant and flower above ground with a cutaway view. Once we had all practiced, we did our final piece of art using oil pastels on 80 lb. white art paper.
Finally we painted our picture with watercolors, brown for the earth and blue for the sky. The results were very lovely and the children were thrilled.
The inspiration for this painting came from this website: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/plants/pages/peanutplant.shtml