Friday, April 6, 2012

Seeds

Book Suggestions:

Seeds by Ken Robbin
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons
Oh Say Can You Seed? All About Flowering Plants by Bonnie Worth
Seeds by Vijaya khisty Bodach
Seeds by Charlotte Guillain
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
From Seed to Plant by Allan Fowler

Activities:

Sorting Seeds:
Materials: a variety of different seeds
Description: Have a variety of seeds for your toddler. (Anything from sunflower seeds to flowering seeds, to vegetable and fruit seeds). Lay the seeds on a table for your toddler and have them sort the seeds that look the same. Seeds are small, so putting them in different piles is a great motor skill development activity for your toddler. Count each pile of seeds when they are all sorted. Talk about the differences in the piles of seeds (what are their colors? Which ones are biggest? Which ones are smallest? Etc.)
Skills Targeted: teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to sort, teach your tot to count, teach your tot to compare and contrast

Sunflower:
Materials: paper, markers, crayons, sunflower seeds, glue
Description: Show your toddler a picture of a sunflower. Talk about how sunflowers produce seeds that grow more sunflowers. Draw a sunflower shape onto a piece of paper. Have your toddler color the sunflower. Your toddler can glue sunflowers in the center of the flower.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot language development, teach your tot to understand that flowers grow from seeds, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot creativity
Plant Seeds:
Materials: seeds, dirt, shovel, flower pot, water
Description: Take your toddler to a plant nursery or other store that sells seeds. Have your toddler choose what kind of seeds they want to plant. Gather your materials. Talk to your toddler about what a seed needs to grow (dirt, water, air, sunlight). Your little one can help you fill a flower pot with dirt using a shovel, put the seeds into the dirt, and cover them with more dirt. Add water to the flower pot and put it in the sunlight. Be sure to water the seeds daily. Observe the seeds with your toddler and talk about what is happening as the seeds begin to grow.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to observe and explore, teach your tot language development, teach your tot to develop patience by waiting and watching the seeds grow, teach your tot to understand what living things needs to live

Seeds Patterns:
Materials: two different types of seeds
Description: You and your toddler can create an A/B pattern using two different kinds of seeds. Start the pattern for your toddler by placing one kind of seed then the other. Continue alternating seeds. See if your toddler can eventually tell you what seed comes next. Do this again and have your toddler build the pattern.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to understand A/B pattern, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot language development

Seed art:
Materials: a variety of different types of seeds, paper, glue
Description: Your toddler can create seed art by squirting glue onto a piece of paper in a creative pattern (circles, swirls, etc.). Sprinkle a variety of seeds all over the glue pattern and shake off access seeds (just like you would do with glitter). The seeds will stick to the glue to create a pretty picture. You could also do this activity by writing your toddler’s name in glue and have them put seeds on top of the glue, shaking off access glue, to create their name!
Skills Targeted: teach your tot creativity, teach your tot to practice spelling and writing their name, teach your tot letter recognition
Counting Seeds:
Materials: seeds, paper, pen
Description: Draw circles onto a piece of paper (if you toddler is younger, start with three circles. If they can count, you could draw 10 or even 20 circles). Write numbers in order in each circle. Have your toddler practice saying each number that you wrote and place the correct amount of seeds inside each circle. For example. Point to the circle with number 3 written in it. Say the number three and have your toddler count out three seeds to put inside of the circle.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to count, teach your tot one to one correspondence, teach your tot to recognize numbers
Plant Different Seeds:
Materials: 6 different types of seeds, dirt, egg carton, scissors, water
Description: Cut an egg carton in half and poke one or two holes into the bottom of each section. Have your toddler fill each section with dirt. Show your toddler 6 different seeds and talk about how they each look different. You can also show them the packaging and what each flower or vegetable will look like when it grows. Have your toddler place several of each seed into each section of the egg carton. Cover with more dirt and water. (You can write the name of each flower or vegetable on a piece of paper and glue the paper to a Popsicle stick to stick in each section to identify each flower). Over the next few weeks, have your toddler water all the seeds and observe them as they grow. As they see the flowers sprouting talk about how they look the same or different. What ones grows the biggest? What one grows the smallest? Have your toddler identify the color of each flower.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to compare and contrast, teach your tot to understand same and different, teach your tot to understand biggest and smallest, teach your tot to identify colors, teach your tot language development, teach your tot to understand how living things grow
Take Pictures:
Materials: Seeds, dirt, flower pot, camera, water
Description: Have your toddler help you plant seeds into a flower pot or use the seeds/flower pot from an above activity. As you and your little one observe the seeds growing into a plant, take pictures of the growing plant every few days. Once the flower has grown, print the pictures. Show them to your toddler and talk about each picture. See if your toddler can put the pictures in order from first to last. Talk about how seeds grow and grow and get bigger and bigger, with the help of food, water, and sunlight.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to understand first and last, teach your tot to observe seeds growing, teach your tot language development, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to compare and contrast sizes
Make a Bird Feeder:
Materials: seeds, peanut butter, pine cone, string, Popsicle stick
Description: You and your toddler can make a homemade bird feeder. Simply have your toddler coat a pine cone with peanut butter (you a Popsicle stick). Then dip or sprinkle seeds all over the peanut butter covered pine cone. Tie a string to the smaller end of the pine cone and tie the other end of the pine cone to a tree branch (hang it close to another branch so that the birds will have a place to sit while they eat). Your toddler can watch and observe the birds eat the seeds off of the bird feeder.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot language development, teach your tot to observe, teach your tot to understand that living things need food to survive
Songs and Fingerplays:

Seeds, Seeds, Seeds:
sung to the tune of Jingle Bells

Seeds seeds seeds
Seeds seeds seeds
Seeds grown in the dirt.
Give them water, give them sunlight
They'll grow into a beautiful sight.

Seeds seeds seeds
Seeds seeds seeds
Grow into fruits,
Vegetables, flowers too
I love planting seeds, don't you.

10 Little Seeds:

1 little 2 little 3 little seeds
4 little 5 little 6 little seeds
7 little 8 little 9 little seeds
10 seeds growing in the dirt.

Online Fun:

Videos:
Check out www.sesamestreet.org for videos about seeds

Making Bird Feeders
School Pageant: Flower
How Plants Travel

Coloring Pages:
Check out free coloring pages at www.coloring.ws

Flowers

Snack and Recipe ideas:
Seed tasting party:
Provide several different types of seeds for your toddler to taste. See what seeds your toddler likes best/least!
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to taste new foods, teach your tot sensory development

1 comment:

Shonda said...

Very cool ideas!

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