Preschool Seed Theme





Book List

From Seed to Plant - Gail Gibbons
Jack and the Beanstalk
Planting a Rainbow - Lois Elhert
The Carrot Seed - Ruth Krauss
The Little Red Hen



Songs & Fingerplays

Fingerplay

Plant a seed in the ground,
Water and sunshine all around.
Little seed, in the ground so still,
Will you grow up? Yes you will!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Old McDonald had a garden, Ee-igh, Ee-igh, oh.
In his garden he had to plant, Ee-igh, Ee-igh, oh.
With a plant-a-seed here and a plant-a-seed there
Here a seed, there a seed, everywhere a garden seed.
Old McDonald had a garden, Ee-igh, Ee-igh, oh.

In his garden he had to water, Ee-igh, Ee-igh, oh.
Sprinkle, sprinkle here....

In his garden he had to hoe, Ee-igh, Ee-igh, oh.
Chop, chop here....

In his garden he had to pick, Ee-igh, Ee-igh, oh.
Pick-a-carrot here, pick-a-lettuce there,

Here a bean, there a corn, everywhere a garden plant.
Old McDonald had a garden, Ee-igh, Ee-igh, oh.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

My Garden - fingerplay

This is my garden, I'll rake it with care
And then some flower seeds I'll plant there
The sun will shine
And the rain will fall
And my garden will blossom and grow straight and tall

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Dig A Little Hole - poem

Dig a little hole
Plant a little seed
Pour a little water
And pull a little weed

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

A Little Seed - sung to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot"

Here's a little seed in the dark, dark ground.
Out comes the warm sun, yellow and round.
Down comes the rain, wet and slow.
Up comes the little seed, grow, grow, grow!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Little seed in the ground below (form your bodies into balls)
Felt the heat of the warm sun's glow (rub hands over arms)
Heard the raindrops pitter patter (place hand behind ear)
Wondered why the birds did chatter (place hand on head as if pondering)
So the seed began to grow (begin to rise)
And poked it's head up very slow (lift head)
What it saw was such a sight (rub eyes)
The plant was in a garden bright! (throw arms apart)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Lawn Limerick

If you want to grow grass on the ground,
(point to the ground)
Start by spreading some seeds all around.
(pretend to sprinkle seeds)
Add a little light,
(form sun with arms in circle overhead)
And water just right,
(wiggle fingers to show rain)
And before your eyes, grass will abound!
(point to eyes; then spread arms wide)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Arts & Crafts

Seed Mosaics

Materials:
Plastic tub lids
Glue
Assorted dry beans, peas, seeds, popcorn, etc.

Have the children spread a layer of glue inside the tops of their plastic lids. Then let them place dry beans, seeds, etc. on the glue to create mosaic designs.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Seed Viewers

Supplies: Clear Plastic Cup, Black construction Paper, Paper Towels, Bean seeds

Use a clear plastic cup that is 6-12 inches tall. Cut black construction paper so that it fits inside, up against the cup walls. Fill the center with wadded up paper towels. "Plant" bean seeds between the cup walls and construction paper, about 1/2 - 2/3 down. Water the paper towels and keep MOIST. Bean seeds will grow and you can view root growth, what happens to seeds, etc. They can grow quite large and will be fine as long as you keep paper towels moist.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Seed Collage

Collect all types of seeds. Have children glue them onto construction paper to create a collage.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Decorate a Styrofoam cup to look like a face. Fill it with potting soil and plant bird seed or grass seed just under the surface. Water carefully. In just 2-3 days you should have sprouts for hair.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Let the children look through seed catalogs and select
a page they like. Glue it onto construction paper and then
laminate or onto tagboard. Cut the picture into puzzle
shape pieces and give to child to put together.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



In The Kitchen

"Seed Planting" Snack

Instant chocolate pudding - "Mud"
Broken and crunched Oreo cookies - "Dirt"
M&Ms or Skittles - "Seeds"

Prepare instant pudding according to package directions and put in bottom of bowl.
Top with "dirt" and then plant the "seeds." Yummy & fun!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Open a pumpkin, rinse, and roast the seeds.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Crunchy Seed Candy

1 cup each of sunflowers seeds, honey, peanut butter,
and cocoa powder. Shape into balls and roll in sesame
seeds to coat. Eat!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Theme Ideas

Balloon Plants

(I thought this was an intriguing activity, but we haven't tried it yet. Anyone else ever done it?)

1. Hold a balloon firmly by the neck. The neck is the long part. Use a funnel, and pour 1/2 cup of dirt into the balloon. Don't turn the balloon over. (Try to find clear balloons to use.)
2. Keep holding the balloon by the neck. Add about 1/4 cup of water through the funnel. Be sure the soil in the balloon is wet. It shouldn't be soggy, though. 3. Use the funnel to drop the radish seeds into the balloon. Don't turn the balloon over.
4. If the balloon is dirty, wipe it carefully.
5. Now blow up your balloon. Keep holding it gently by the neck. Now carefully blow air into the balloon. Keep the balloon from tipping.
6. Tie a knot in the neck to keep the air in the balloon. Tie a ribbon around the knot.
7. Tie the balloon to a hook or other place near a window. The neck should be the top.
8. The balloon plant is ready to begin growing!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Counting Seeds

I love flowers so my toddlers count the seeds we plant in the garden and flower beds and we sort them by the colors. This is a great activity for them to learn counting and the colors and they love to watch the flowers grow.

~Submitted by Patti from Texas

Hunt For Seeds

Put a selection of fruits and vegetables out. Ask the children to tell you which items have seeds inside them (or outside them in the case of strawberries). Have the children sort them into seed and no seed piles. Open them up to see what you find out. (Keep the seeds for other activities.) Slice the fruits and vegetables and enjoy.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Seed Counting

On an index card, mark a numeral. The number of cards prepared will depend upon the developmental appropriateness for the children. The children are to glue the appropriate number of seeds onto the card.

Fruit

Choose some springtime fruits such as cherries or apricots. Cut them up so that the children can see the pits. Explain that they are really seeds and that the fruit was a flower in bloom at one time.

Sunflower Seeds

Let children eat sunflower seeds. If you give them the ones with shells, explain how to crack them. Or show them what the seeds look like with shells and serve a small portion of already prepared seeds. If possible, get a real sunflower to share with the children.

Spring Vegetables

Show children some vegetable seeds or pictures of some seeds. Serve some of the vegetables from the seeds. Let the children guess which vegetables grow from which seed.

Egg Carton Nursery

Materials: Egg carton, 12 half eggshells, potting soil, marigold seeds, teaspoon, water.

Procedure: Let your children fill an egg carton with empty halves of egg shells. Have them fill each shell with potting soil and carefully plant one or two marigold seeds in each shell. Water each shell with a teaspoon of water. Seeds will sprout more quickly if the lid of the egg carton is kept closed so that the seeds will stay warm. When the seeds sprout, have the children replant the seedlings outside, crushing each shell as they place it into the ground.

~Submitted by Carol

Window Gardens

Fold paper towel so it fits inside a resealable plastic bag. Staple all the layers together 2 inches below the top of the bag. Have child place 6 lima beans along the staples. Pour 1/4 cup water into bag (water level should be below the staples so they will not rot.) Partially seal bag & tape to window. When sprouts are several inches tall send them home.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Spring Sprouts

Fill clean eggshell halves 2/3s full with soil & plant a seed in each. Set the shells in an egg carton & moisten soil. Cover carton with plastic wrap & set in dark place. When sprouts appear, remove wrap & place in sunny window. Plant eggshell & all in ground outside.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Memory Game

Seed packets can easily be turned into a memory game. Collect pairs of matching seed packets, mount on construction paper and place face down. Challenge children to turn packets over two at a time in an attempt to make a match.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

No-Fail Grass Garden

If you're really nervous about gardening with kids and want a no-fail activity to begin with, try growing grass seed in little pots or on wet sponges. Grass seed sprouts almost instantly and kids will be thrilled with the results.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

The Tiny Seed Painting

Show the children the spattered looking pages in The Tiny Seed. Invite the children to paint or color a picture and then using toothbrushes, spatter the pictures with paint.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Seed Chart

Make a list of seeds we can eat. Make a chart supplying samples of each.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Seed Classifying

Display a variety of sizes of seeds from tiny tomato seed to large avocado seeds. Have children compare and classify the seeds according to size.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Planting Seeds

Plant a variety of seeds and keep track of their daily growth. Plant them in clear plastic glasses so the root system can be observed. Chart how many days it took each type of seed to sprout.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Seed Observation

Using a magnifying glass, observe a variety of sizes of seeds.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Plant three styrofoam cups with potting soil. Plant bird seed just below the surface of each. Mark on cup Water, mark another Sunlight, and the third on blank. Compare the growth of the three plantings during the course of the week.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Seed Talk

In the spring, people plant vegetable seeds and flower seeds in their gardens. After the rain falls and the sun shines, the seeds sprout. Soon, pretty flowers and yummy vegetables are growing. We eat the seeds of some foods such as peas, peanuts, beans, cucumbers, and corn. Strawberries have seeds on the outside, and we eat those, too. We do not eat the seeds in apples, melons, oranges, or peaches. What else can you think of that has seeds?



Links!

Inside A Seed - A to Z Teacher Stuff
Dottie's Seeds - Online Storybook
Eggshell Plant Pots - Enchanted Learning
How Seeds and Plants Grow - First-School


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