We have been exploring seeds the last few days with the Mother Goose Time theme, In the Orchard. One of the manipulatives included this month is a collection of seeds: pumpkin, bean, and sunflower seeds.
Using the seed collection, the kids used tweezers to transfer and sort seeds into ice cube trays. Seeds are an excellent natural math manipulative.
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A counting seeds mat was also included. I left this activity out on a tray so it could be used many times.
We discovered seeds in apples and pumpkins as well as outdoors on the day lily plants. We made paper plate apple cores with seeds.
The “seeds” are actually black beans but they are a little bigger. Each child counted out how many seeds corresponded with their age. Real apple seeds could also be used. These boys found the seed pods all on their own. Kids love these little nature discoveries and learn so much by being allowed to pick and collect them from the garden.
We grow sunflowers every year so when they near the end of their beauty and the birds are starting to fly south, we use the sunflower heads to explore seeds. I put one sunflower on each tray with a tweezers and magnifying glass.
My group was very engaged in this activity, looking at their sunflowers and removing the seeds. They found it easier to use their fingers. Different kinds of sunflowers have different sizes and shapes of seeds so that was another good discovery.
After working on removing sunflower seeds individually, I moved it all to the sensory table for additional time for exploring seeds. It was a beautiful and interesting fall science, fine motor and sensory activity!
More Seed Ideas
- Exploring Seeds In Preschool | Teach Preschool
- Seed Sorting Printable
- Pumpkin Seed Soup
- Investigating Seeds in Preschool Farm Theme | Stay at Home Educator
- Pumpkin Seed Transfer
Books for Preschool Seed Theme
Science & Discovery Tools
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