Lately, I’ve been thinking of activities to do with my grand-daughter and support my daughter as she begins her preschool journey with our little pumpkin. So when dad decided to build a veggie bed and plant seeds, I thought it’ll be awesome to do some seed related activities with her.
Jo had a brilliant idea to create a nature board with contact paper. I borrowed her idea for our seed board display project.
Seed Display Board
- Cardboard trimmed to fit an A4 sized page.
- A4 White Paper
- Seeds – Harvested from the garden or in seed packets.
- Place white paper onto the A4 sized cardboard.
- Cut contact to fit the A4 cardboard with a boarder of 1.5cm
- Place cardboard and paper on the smooth side of the contact paper.
- Pull the contact sides away from protective covering and stick the boarder down with cellotape.
- When you’re ready to create the seed display board, remove the protective covering to reveal the sticky contact board.
- Display seeds on the board.
- Discuss how the plant life cycle begins with a seed germination.
- Compare seed sizes, shapes and colours.
- Talk about seed dispersal.
We discussed how plants create flowers which fade and make seed homes like the fruit of the tomato above. We investigated the tomato fruit and watched as the fruit dried. We’ll be planting the dried seeds next season in our veggie patch.
We collected seeds from plants in the backyard and noticed the plant stages from buds to flowers and seeds. We harvested the seeds from lavender, calendula and Queen Annes Lace. The scents from the lavender and Queen Annes Lace floated in the air as we worked on the seed display board.
Little pumpkin and I added sunflower, butternut and pea seed to the board while we compared their sizes, shapes and colours.
Covering the seed board with clear contact paper would have been ideal, but our Post Office didn’t have any. So we improvised by sealing the top with clingwrap plastic and it worked out ok.
Little pumpkin loved the sticky texture of the board and it kept her facinated until completion.
Have you seen our Task Card Sets? We (try) to pop into your email box once or twice a month with a nature project or a themed task card set with 8 projects to do in the backyard.
Isabella’s Garden is a beautiful book to read aloud during your seed themed project. It shows the plant cycle and what a seed needs to germinate and grow while flowing through the seasons in a year.
Take a look at our Autumn Leaf Display Board HERE.
If you’d like to explore the Autumn season with a friend, then consider the Autumn/Winter Nature Study Guides and invite me along to walk with you through the season.
Engage your senses on a nature watch walk and become enraptured by the amazing world surrounding you. Forage for mushrooms (or don’t!) and admire their uniqueness.
Watch as the leaves turn golden as the season turns chilly and explore ponds for turtles.
Learn about Giant Earthworms while digging up your own to investigate. Laugh at the Lyrebird’s version of remixing songs and you’ll be amazed with ancient moss facts.
Venture out in the dark to observe possums and enjoy wattles as they begin to blossom.
The Australian Nature Study Guide is a Charlotte Mason based program designed to encourage nature exploration through the seasons. The themes we’ll explore in the Autumn/Winter Guide are:
- Nature Watch
- Field Mushrooms
- Autumn Tree Study
- Long-necked Turtles and Autumn Pond Study
- Giant Earthworms
- Superb Lyrebird
- Winter Solstice
Investigate the secret habitat of leaf litter. Discover backyard visitors like the praying-mantis and echidna. Explore rocks, soil ecosystems and the weather while observing migration and torpidity as the season changes. Prepare for a flush of spring flowers by planting autumn bulbs and enjoy autumns fruits by baking apple pies.
Come along! Walk with me.
Don’t stress! The Australian Homeschooling Summit 2020 can be watched at leisure from you’re home with the recorded sessions or listened to in your car with the MP3 downloads.
The Australian Homeschooling Summit 2020 will always be available and you can access the wonderful workshops when it’s more convenient for you and you need a little ‘pick-me-up’ time.