Our post today is full of fun and educational seed activities. For such little objects, seeds sure pack in a lot of learning.
We’ve got tips for growing seeds with kids, activities to do while growing them, information about different kinds of seeds, suggestions for activities to do with seeds, and even a few seed arts and crafts, science and sensory ideas!
Planting & Growing Seeds
Children of all ages are usually very interested in planting seeds and watching them grow. Bean plants and marigolds tend to be quite hardy and grow quickly indoors at a sunny window.
Last Spring, we decided to plant some easy-growing marigold and string bean seeds at our house. Onetime helped plant and take care of the seeds.
As they were growing, we talked a lot about what the plants needed to grow, and compared that to what we need as animals.
Both our types of seeds grew well in a sunny window, but the bean seeds grew quickly and were more robust. We decided to measure their daily growth by marking the height of the bean plants each morning on a shishkabob stick with a marker.
It was really neat to see how much they each grew in only one day! It was also a terrific introduction to measurement and Onetime eventually became interested in using a standard ruler to measure the plant’s heights each morning.
Other Seed Planting and Growing Ideas
Planting Seeds with Eric Carle at The Practical Mom.
Gardening with Kids with a free observation printable.
Wildflower Seed Bombs and Sensory Garden Project.
Planting Seeds in Strawberry Baskets from A Little Pinch of Perfect.
Seed Bombs and Flower Pots from Left Brain Craft Brain.
Other Fun & Educational Seed Activities
- Use Watermelon Seeds to work on fine-motor skills, counting and letter recognition.
- Make corn kernels “magically” dance with this mesmerizing Hopping Corn Science activity.
- Tell your kids the native 3 Sisters tale and then have them explore the seeds of those plants (squash, beans, and corn) with some Textured Playdough.
- Learn what a seed is and then find seeds in your kitchen cupboards to make some easy open-ended Seedy CD Art.
- Start an outdoor Seed Collection this Spring with your kids and discover the fascinating variety of sizes, colours and shapes that these wonderful little objects come in!
That’s it for this week! I hope you found some fun and educational seed activities to do with your kids this Winter or Spring!