This morning I taught an environmental class to some of the littlest members of the Greater Lewisville Early Childhood PTA (GLECPTA). We learned all about seeds.
Seeds come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. They are easy and fun to collect. You can display your collection on a wall by gluing the seeds to a poster board and labeling the groupings with names. Or you can store the seeds loosely as in this egg carton collection that Nicholas and I created.
I like the egg carton collection method best because we used to use the seeds for other educational activities like sorting and counting.
We learned that seeds need sunlight, soil, and water to grow. We had a little storytime. There are lots of great children's books at the library about seeds. We decorated some little terra cotta pots with stickers and paint. Rachel enjoyed putting the stickers on about as much as she enjoyed ripping them right back off. Maybe she wasn't quite ready for this craft activity yet but the other kiddos had a great time.
Then we planted some quick growing lima bean seeds in some soil and watered them well. Whew! That was a lot of work. Time for a snack. How about some Dirt Cake? Ok, it's really just a wonderful chocolate pudding covered in ground Oreo cookies and gummy worms in a very clean (and well wrapped for food safety purposes) terra cotta pot! Yum :)
Afterwards, Rachel walked around picking up seeds of her own, mostly dandelions. Do you think she might be a gymnast someday? Look at how flexible and strong she is to be able to squat down like this!
She even found a pecan (another seed!) and fruitlessly tried to push it onto the end of a stick. She was very persistent and tried again and again but the forces of nature were not in her favor.
It was a fun morning with our GLECPTA friends as we enjoyed the beautiful weather and learned about seeds.