Photosynthesis diagram for kids: how plants help us to survive

July 6, 2012
Author: Tom

Lorax characterWe're putting on a great play event for kids and families inspired by The Lorax – this summer’s blockbuster movie with a really cool environmental message. We're also offering loads of extra Lorax fun on our Blog to keep your kids happy over the holidays.
Our summer kids’ event is inspired by The Lorax – the blockbuster movie with a really cool environmental message.  We’re also offering extra Lorax fun on our Blog to keep your kids happy over the holidays.

In the movie, The Lorax is the guardian of a forest of truffula trees. When the Once-ler chops down the forest all the animals, such as the brown barb-a-loots, have to find a new home and all that is left is an empty valley. Humans, meanwhile, live in the town of Thneedville, where everything is made of plastic and people have almost forgotten what plants are!

Why plants are important

The picture below shows how important plants are to everyone. Through a process called photosynthesis, plants use energy in sunlight to turn a gas called carbon dioxide and water into sugar. Plants then use this sugar to grow. At the same time, plants produce a gas called oxygen as a waste product, which is lucky for us and other animals because we need oxygen to breathe!

Now you know why plants are so important, why not go and plant some yourself? Tell us what you planted with a comment below, or on our Facebook Page or  Twitter.

Photosynthesis diagram for kids

Click on the image below to see and download a larger PDF version.

The movie Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax © Universal Studios. Based on The Lorax book and characters TM & © 1971 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. All rights reserved.
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13 responses to Photosynthesis diagram for kids: how plants help us to survive

  1. Akash says:

    I’ve actually never read The Lorax. That I rbmemeer. The Grinch and The Cat in the Hat were (sadly) the only Dr. Seuss books that I rbmemeer being in my house. I have so much to read. I’m hoping to read Oh the Places You’ll Go first as I’m a recent college grad and that seems like a book for graduates.I do as much as I can to help the environment: recycle, carpool or take public transportation (one of many reasons I don’t have my license), donate what I don’t want, and others that I can’t think of right now. I do what I can.

  2. grace and nicole says:

    we loooooooove the mud video

  3. sarah says:

    this didnt help at all, its crap. my name is sarah davies and i love science. this doesnt explain anything that i wanted. akash is bullcrapping to all of you ok i went to the cinema with her and the lorax wasnt gfood ok xxxx

  4. stuart phillips says:

    I think you will find that roots do not ‘suck’ up water. They don’t have the ability to do this and saying so is scientifically incorrect.

  5. Eden Project says:

    Hi Ian, Thanks for your comment. Although the word ‘suck’ is perhaps an over-simplification, we chose to use it in order to communicate a part of a fairly complex process to a young audience. We hoped that this diagram would act as a simple initial introduction to photosynthesis for children who would then learn more about how the process works later on.

  6. Mumof2 says:

    Thank you, just used your diagram to help explain how plants make their own food to my 6 yr old. Lovely and clear for her age to be able to comprehend. And I understand the use of ‘suck up’ as osmosis is equally tricky to explain!

  7. Bob says:

    I actually thought it was pretty helpful. I’m dredful at science and this helped explain it in a better way than my teacher did, thanks.

  8. bobinobs says:


  9. sophie says:

    this is well good

  10. zahra ali says:

    This did not help me at all with my homework and my textbook gives better information.

  11. Eden Project says:

    We’re sorry to hear that, Zahra. How do you think we should improve the diagram?

  12. Jamie R says:

    Thank you for creating this. As a teacher I’ve been trying to find graphics to give a visual representation to my 1st graders, and this helps scaffold the new vocabulary for them. The way that it is written is accessible to younger kids but can also be used as an intro to the more difficult concepts for older kids.

  13. leigh-ann says:

    the diagram helped me with my science homework

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