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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!

Photosynthesis diagram for kids

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