The sticky table is one of my favorite ways to add a little fun to our classroom day and today, the children extended their study of the growth of a seed to flower using the sticky table…

For those of you who don’t know, the sticky table is simply a table covered with clear contact paper – sticky side up. I use clear packing tape to hold the contact paper in place so it doesn’t move around as the children stick and unstick the pieces I have set out to go with the contact paper…

Today, we were extending our discussion on the growth from seed to plant which you can read more about here and here

To extend our discussion on the growth of a flower, I set out beans (seeds), felt stems (shoots). leaves, flowers, and green yarn (roots)…

Even though we have discussed the pattern of growth from seed to flower, the children are given the freedom to explore the materials on the sticky table however they would like…

My prekindergarten children easily made flowers with roots and seeds but my threes preferred to go about the process in an entirely different way…

It didn’t matter which way the children explored the materials, it still gave us plenty of opportunity to use the words seeds, flowers, stems, shoots, roots in casual conversation as I stopped by to see their work…

The older children did model the growth of a plant for the younger children. One of the things I love about having a mixed age group…

But in the end, the threes chose to interpret this process in a way that was meaningful to them…

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